Foo Fighters Cancel Grammy Awards Performance Following Taylor Hawkins’ Death

Foo Fighters will not perform at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3, following the death of their drummer, Taylor Hawkins. The Grammys announced Foo Fighters would perform at the awards the day before Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia.

Dave Grohl and the rest of the group are taking time to grieve their bandmate. They have also canceled all upcoming tour dates for the rest of the year.

Foo Fighters performing at Lollapalooza Chile, 2022.
Foo Fighters | Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images

Fans expected Foo Fighters to cancel their Grammy Awards performance after they canceled all upcoming tour dates on March 29

According to Variety, Foo Fighters have canceled all upcoming tour dates following the death of Hawkins on March 25.

The band released a statement saying, “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. A day before Hawkins’ death, the Grammy Awards announced that Foo Fighters would be performing during the awards on April 3.

After Foo Fighters canceled their upcoming tour dates, many fans expected them to cancel their Grammy performance.

Now, they have.

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Foo Fighters have canceled their 2022 Grammy Awards performance

The band, which formed in the wake of Nirvana in 1994, was on the long list of performers for the 2022 Grammy Awards. However, according to Rolling Stone, they have canceled their appearance.

The band is nominated for three awards: “Making a Fire” for Best Rock Performance, “Waiting on a War” for Best Rock Song, and Medicine at Midnight for Best Rock Album.

CBS’s executive vice president of specials, music, and live events, Jack Sussman, told Variety that the Grammys will honor Hawkins somehow. “We want to figure out what is the right thing to do that is respectful to everyone involved. We’re patient. We’ll be planning right up until the very end,” he said.

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Taylor Hawkins was found dead in his hotel in Columbia

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. They’ll want the Grammy Awards to honor Hawkins in some way. We have to wait and see how they will.

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