A sentimental fashion statement. Billie Eilish paid tribute to the late Foo Fighters member Taylor Hawkins during her performance at the Grammy Awards.
The Los Angeles native, 20, sang “Happier Than Ever” at the awards show on Sunday, April 3, while wearing black pants and a matching tee. The shirt featured a photo of the drummer, and his last name was printed on the back in capital letters.
While attending the Oscars last week, the “Ocean Eyes” singer opened up Access Hollywood that Hawkins’ death was “incredibly heartbreaking”. The Golden Globe winner added: “That was just before we went on stage [in Seattle, Washington]. And we got the message, and it really, really ripped us all apart. It’s horribly, terribly tragic.”
Her brother, Finneas, chimed in: “Taylor was such a legendary player. We were admirers of his work years before we met him. And we’ve only met him a few times… I wish we could spend more time with him, but he couldn’t have been a kinder, cooler, more generous person either. And such a deeply inspiring person. We are just heartbroken.”
The California native died a week before the Grammys at the age of 50. Hawkins was found in his hotel room in Bogota, Colombia on March 25 and was pronounced dead on arrival after emergency services were called. A preliminary toxicology test later revealed that he had marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids in his system at the time.
Hawkins is survived by his three children – Oliver, Annabelle and Everleigh – and his wife Alison Hawkins.
Taylor was a proud “suburban dad,” he gushed billboard of his girls in November 2019. “I can’t write about being young and going to clubs and I’m not very political,” the musician said at the time. “But it’s all kind of tongue in cheek.”
While the Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the 64th Annual Grammys, the rock band canceled both the performance and their tour. However, the group won three awards on Sunday for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.
Surviving members described Hawkins’ death as a “devastating loss” in a statement Tuesday, March 29.
“We regret and share the disappointment that we will not see each other as planned,” Dave Grohol, Pat smear, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Rami Jaffee and Franz Stahl wrote. “Instead, let’s take this time to mourn her loss, hold our loved ones close, and cherish all the music and memories we’ve made together.”
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