Grammys tribute for Foo Fighters' Hawkins
The late Taylor Hawkins appears on screen during an In Memoriam tribute at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Clips of Taylor Hawkins have headlined the in memoriam section of the Grammys as the Foo Fighters paid tribute to "the best drummer in the world".
It comes just over a week after the death of Hawkins was announced on social media while the band was on tour in South America.
The Foo Fighters earlier won all three Grammy Awards they were nominated for this year: best rock performance, best rock song and best rock album for their latest offering Medicine at Midnight.
Footage of performances and backstage moments with the late drummer were set to the band's song My Hero, though Hawkins did not perform on the original recording of the song.
Frontman Dave Grohl was heard to say "he's the best drummer in the world, we love him so much".
An audio clip of Hawkins said: "I realised to be a good drummer you need to be an actor."
Following the news, Foo Fighters cancelled all upcoming tour dates as well as their performance at the Grammys on Sunday and their awards were collected by presenter Jimmy Jam.
Oscar-winning singer and fellow Grammy nominee Billie Eilish performed at the ceremony wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Hawkins on the front.
Billie Eilish performs Happier Than Ever during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. EIlish is wearing a shirt featuring an image of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. (Image: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY/Sipa USA /AAP Image)
Hawkins had played in the band fronted by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl for more than two decades alongside Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.
He joined Foo Fighters in 1997 after previously touring with Alanis Morrissette. Hawkins also starred with the band in their recently released film, Studio 666.
Hawkins's death prompted scores of tributes from other famous artists, including Sir Paul McCartney who described him as a "true Rock and Roll hero".
Foo Fighters won best rock performance for Making A Fire and best rock song for Waiting On A War, which features on their latest album.
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