Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins to be honored after death

An emotional homage. Taylor Hawkins, the late Foo Fighters drummer, was honored at the 2022 Grammys with a moving video recognizing his contribution to music.

“So that was the moment on the show when I was supposed to introduce the Foo Fighters. We would have celebrated with them when they won three Grammy Awards earlier today. But of course they’re not here because their legendary drummer, Taylor Hawkins, has tragically passed away.” Trevor Noah told the Las Vegas audience on Sunday, April 3. “Our thoughts are with Taylor’s family, his friends, the Foo Fighter family and all of their fans around the world. We want to take a moment now to remember Taylor.”

The tribute video, set to one of the band’s biggest hits “My Hero,” included clips of Hawkins on drums performing with his bandmates and smiling for the camera. The segment, which led into the evening’s In Memoriam portion, ended with footage of the massive crowd at a Foo Fighters show singing the hit.

Hawkins died on Friday March 25 while the band was on tour in South America. According to Colombian authorities, the musician, who was 50 at the time of his death, had 10 substances in his system when he died. His sudden death occurred nine days before the Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

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The late Taylor Hawkins appears on screen during an In Memoriam tribute at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Chris Pizzello/AP/Shutterstock

Before the awards ceremony, the band released two statements following the deaths of Taylor Hawkins and the Coattails’ founder.

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” Foo Fighters wrote on Twitter on March 25. “His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on forever for all of us. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this unimaginably difficult time.”

Four days later, the group announced on the social media platform that they had canceled the remainder of their world tour following the tragic death of Hawkins.

“It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates following the devastating loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins. We’re sorry and share our disappointment that we won’t be seeing each other as planned,” the band said in a statement Tuesday, March 29, urging fans to mourn and celebrate the life of the Texas native : This time to mourn, to hold her, our loved ones and cherish all the music and memories we made together.”

Frontman of the Foo Fighters Dave Grohl had previously lost another bandmate when Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April 1994. After the “Come As You Are” singer’s death, Grohl considered quitting music, he said hot press in 2017.

“I couldn’t imagine going on stage or sitting on a drum stool and making music anymore. It would just bring me back to the heartbreaking place I lost Kurt,” the multi-instrumentalist revealed. “A long time went by when I felt like music was going to break my heart again. Then I realized music was the only thing that would heal it.”

Watch Hawkins’ Grammys tribute in the video above.

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