The Foo Fighters were set to perform at the 64th Grammy Awards on Sunday night, but withdrew from the ceremony following drummer Taylor Hawkins‘ tragic death. In place of their scheduled performance, the Academy put together a beautiful tribute to Hawkins, which featured footage of past performances set to Foos’ smash hit “My Hero.”
Hawkins’ tribute preceded the “In Memoriam” segment, which honored music legends we lost over the past year. Among those celebrated was ZZ Top‘s Dusty Hill, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, Don Everly, Meat Loaf, Procol Harum founder Gary Brooker, drummers Roger Hawkins and Ron Tutt, songwriter James Richard Steinman, guitarist Rusty Young and Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees.
Billie Eilish also honored the late Foos drummer by wearing a Taylor Hawkins shirt during her “Happier Than Ever” performance.
As previously reported, the Foos were further honored by the Academy during the pre-show Premiere Ceremony. They swept all three awards of which they were nominated: Best Rock Album for Medicine at Night, Best Rock Song for “Waiting on a War” and Best Rock Performance for “Making a Fire.”
On the metal side, Dream Theater took home the golden trophy for “The Alien,” which beat out Deftones, Gojura, Mastodon and Rob Zombie for Best Metal Performance.
Later in the night, Travis Barker and Lenny Kravitz joined R&B artist H.E.R. for a high octane performance of “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” which drew a standing ovation.
Kravitz later presented the award for Album of the Year, which went to Jon Batiste.
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