All through the 2022 Grammys, the rite took a second to pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Opponents in a second that celebrated the existence and legacy of rock’s ‘hero’ drummer.
The sixty fourth Annual Grammy Awards came about within the lengthy, chilly shadow of tragedy. As song’s perfect and brightest amassed for the Apr. 4 tournament, one particular person lacking used to be Taylor Hawkins, the loved drummer for the Foo Opponents who passed on to the great beyond on the age of fifty on March 26. Regardless that Taylor used to be long gone, he used to be a ways from forgotten. Along side Billie Eilish giving like to Taylor all through her Grammys efficiency, the rite devoted a second to Taylor earlier than the In Memoriam phase.
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All through the non-televised portion of the Grammys, the Foo Opponents received 3 awards: they took house Easiest Rock Efficiency for “Making A Hearth,” Easiest Rock Music for “Ready on a Battle,” and Easiest Rock Album for Drugs at Nighttime.
And the GRAMMY for Easiest Rock Efficiency is going to – “Making A Hearth” @foofighters🤘
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The sector discovered of Taylor’s passing by way of a observation that the band put out on social media. “The Foo Opponents circle of relatives is devastated via the tragic and premature lack of our loved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live to tell the tale with all folks without end,” the observation learn. “Our hearts pass out to his spouse, youngsters, and circle of relatives, and we ask that their privateness be handled with the maximum admire on this unimaginably tough time.”
Foo Opponents had been scheduled to headline the Pageant Estereo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia, adopted via a headlining slot at Lollapalooza Brasil on Sunday. The efficiency used to be canceled simply as fanatics had been accumulating. “We had been coming into place once they introduced that the Foo Opponents would no longer be appearing,” Romeo Reyes, a concertgoer, informed CNN, “however they didn’t say why. About 10 mins later, the inside track broke that Taylor had died.”
The reason for Taylor’s dying wasn’t made identified, however Colombia’s Lawyer Basic’s Workplace launched a initial “forensic scientific learn about” on Sunday (Mar. 27), according to CNN. The record stated a urine toxicology take a look at used to be performed and ten components had been discovered, together with THC, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids. The investigation remains to be ongoing. What is identified is that Taylor, in his few minutes in this earth, touched numerous of lives together with his song and larger-than-life persona.
Taylor’s dying despatched ripples of grief all over the song global. Miley Cyrus, the opposite headliner at Lollapalooza Brasil, devoted her efficiency of “Angels Like You” to Taylor. All through her set, she spoke about how her aircraft needed to make an emergency touchdown after it used to be struck via lights. “The primary individual that I referred to as used to be Taylor, as a result of he used to be already on the competition,” she stated, as she held again tears. “That may’ve been a time that I’d’ve long gone to look my buddy, and I didn’t, so it makes me truly unhappy. I’d’ve performed anything else to hang around with him yet another time.”
Artists Ozzy Osbourne to Tom Morello to Questlove to Finneas all mourned the tragic lack of an excellent musician and loved buddy. Travis Barker, who used to be enlisted to play as a part of the Academy Awards All-Famous person Band, wrote that he didn’t “have the phrases” upon listening to the inside track of his buddy’s dying. “I’ll by no means put out of your mind Laguna Seashore days when I used to be a trash guy taking part in in a punk rock band and also you had been taking part in with Alanis [Morissette.] You’d come watch me play in dive bars and be like, ‘child you’re a celeb.’ And I believed you had been loopy however you gave me such a lot hope and resolution…. To mention I’ll leave out you my buddy isn’t sufficient. Until the following time we communicate drums and smoke within the boys room … Leisure In Peace.”
“Now not best used to be he a GREAT drummer however his persona used to be giant and glossy and will likely be sorely overlooked via all who had been fortunate to reside and paintings along him,” wrote Sir Paul McCartney in his tribute to his buddy. “So thank you Taylor for sharing some superb mins with me. You had been a real Rock and Roll hero and can all the time stay in my middle.”
Within the weeks following Hawkins’ dying, the arena mirrored on simply the scope of what it had misplaced. “Taylor Hawkins understood the mechanics and historical past of the [rock] style and his position in it but in addition — and that is each bit as a very powerful — the right way to by no means let it pass to his head,” wrote Craig Jenkins for Vulture. Kerrang’s obituary celebrated him as a “wild mild blinding vivid,” a “true one-of-a-kind” soul. When the Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers had been introduced with a celeb at the Hollywood Stroll of Reputation, drummer Chad Smith – who shared a tribute video to Taylor – venerated his loved buddy. “I’ve to offer a shout out to my brother Taylor Hawkins, who I like and we can all leave out such a lot,” he stated, according to the Independent. “He would chortle and make a pleasing sensible a– remark about this complete factor, and I like him.”