Watch The Grammys Honor Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters with Special ‘In Memoriam’ Segment

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Rock Cellar Magazine

The broadcast of the 64th annual Grammy Awards aired Sunday night, and over the course of the evening “rock” music was at a premium — as all of the rock and roll-related awards were handed out before the telecast at the “Premiere Ceremony,” during which Foo Fighters won three awards (Best Rock Album for Medicine at Midnight, Best Rock Performance for “Making a Fire” and Best Rock Song for “Waiting on a War”).

Despite a pronounced lack of rock during the show itself, the Recording Academy did take special time out to pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters’ longtime drummer who passed away on March 25 at the age of 50 with a video montage set to the Foos’ “My Hero.” The Grammys had opted not to replace the band’s scheduled performance, which was cancelled along with all future dates in the wake of Hawkins’s tragic death.

“The entire music community is still grieving the light we lost last week with Taylor Hawkins’ passing,” said the Recording Academy in a statement on Sunday. “We continue to send our love and extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

His tribute began the traditional In Memoriam segment, which also included homages to Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, Meat Loaf and collaborator Jim Steinman, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, Ronnie Spector, DMX, Biz Markie, Betty Davis, Lee “Scratch Perry,” Ronnie Spector, Vicente Fernández and more.

Elsewhere during the Grammys, Billie Eilish paid tribute to Hawkins herself, performing her song “Happier Than Ever” with producer/collaborator/brother FINNEAS while wearing a Hawkins T-shirt.

Another strong musical salute was given to the late Stephen Sondheim by Broadway stars Ben Platt, Rachel Zegler, Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Edom Jr., who performed a medley of his songs.

In terms of the night’s biggest awards, Jon Batiste won Album of the Year for We Are, Silk Sonic took home the Record of the Year and Song of the Year Grammys for “Leave the Door Open,” Doja Cat ft. Sza won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Kiss Me More,” Olivia Rodrigo won Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sour, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Love for Sale, to name just a few.

For a full list of winners from the 64th annual Grammy Awards, click here to visit the official Grammys website.

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