The Grammy Awards pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins, a drummer at Fu Fighters, following his death last month.
It was announced a few weeks ago that the musician – who had been a member of the band since 1997 – had died at the age of 50, leaving his bandmates “devastated”.
The band subsequently canceled all upcoming tour dates as they continued to mourn Taylor’s loss, with them missing a performance at the awards ceremony.
Host Trevor Noah addressed it during a show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas before paying tribute to the memory of others.
The comedian revealed to the audience that the band was scheduled to perform, noting that they would all be celebrating three Grammy Awards.
While he said they were not present because of the tragic death of their “legendary drummer” Taylor, Trevor offered a moment to remember him.
A video tribute was played shortly after showing photos and footage of Taylor’s career, in which he discusses what it takes to be a professional drummer.
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It included clips of Taylor playing drums in concert during his career, and Montage also had a voiceover where he was described as “the best drummer”.
The segment ended with the audience at the concert hosted by the Fu Fighters with audio of “Their Goss My Hero” – the lyric of one of their songs – with a picture of Taylor.
It leads the Grammy Awards in the Memory segment, which honors those in the industry who died last year.
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The segment features a medal for the song by composer and lyricist Stephen Soundheim – who was honored in November after his death at the age of 91.
Ben Platt, Cynthia Arevo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Rachel Jegler served the medal – they finished the segment with ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story.
The episode sparked a standing ovation from visitors at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where this year’s Grammy Awards are being held.
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