The first tribute to Taylor Hawkins at the 2022 Grammy Awards came during Billie Eilish’s performance. She proudly wore a black T-shirt with a picture of Hawkins on it. However, that wasn’t the only tribute to the Foo Fighters drummer.
The 2022 Grammy Awards pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins
During the part of the night that Foo Fighters was supposed to perform at the Grammy Awards, host Trevor Noah introduced a touching tribute to Hawkins.
The Grammy Awards played a tribute video full of some of Hawkins’ best moments in Foo Fighters. The video started the In Memoriam segment of the awards ceremony.
Foo Fighters win 3 Grammy Awards
The 2022 Grammy Awards have proved to be bittersweet for Foo Fighters. Nine days after Hawkins’ death, the band has won big.
Foo Fighters have walked away with the three Grammy Awards they were nominated for, including Best Rock Performance (“Making a Fire”), Best Rock Song (“Waiting On a War”), and Best Rock Album (Medicine at Midnight).
Foo Fighters did not attend the Grammy pre-show telecast. They announced they would not perform at the Grammy Awards on April 1, days after they canceled all their upcoming tour dates.
A statement from the group read: “It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins.
“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.
With Love, Foo Fighters.”
Foo Fighters were scheduled for numerous shows in North America and Europe for most of 2022.
Hawkins died on March 25
On March 25, Foo Fighters shared a statement on their social media revealing Hawkins had died.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the band wrote. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
Hawkins had played with the band days before on the South America leg of their tour. He was found dead in his hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia. Colombian authorities have since released a preliminary toxicology report claiming that Hawkins had 10 substances in his body at the time of his death, including marijuana, opioids, and antidepressants.
Fans of Hawkins took to social media to post their tributes, as did many celebrities. Stevie Nicks even penned a poem in Hawkins’ honor. No doubt, more tributes to the drummer will follow in the days to come.