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Billie Eilish Pays Tribute to Late Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins During 2022 Grammys Performance

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Billie Eilish paid tribute to the Foo Fighters’ late drummer, Taylor Hawkins, during her performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

While singing her Grammy-nominated song “Happier Than Ever” during the award ceremony held in Las Vegas on Sunday night, the pop star wore an oversize black t-shirt featuring a photo of Hawkins’s face. At the Oscars last week, Eilish told Access Hollywood that when she heard the news of the drummer’s passing, “It was incredibly heartbreaking. It was right before we went on stage. And we got the news and it really, really tore us all apart. It’s horribly, horribly tragic.” Her brother Finneas added, “Taylor was such a legendary player. We were admirers of his work years before we got to meet him. And we only met him a handful of times…I wish we got to spend more time with him, but he couldn’t have been a kinder, cooler, more generous person as well. And such a deeply inspiring person. We’re just heartbroken.”

The Foo Fighters were set to perform at the Grammys prior to Hawkins’s sudden, unexpected passing. However, on Tuesday, the band announced that they would be canceling the rest of their upcoming concert dates due to the loss. “We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned,” the band said in a statement. “Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.”

Despite the Foo Fighters cancellation, CBS executive vice president of specials, music, and live events Jack Sussman confirmed ahead of the award ceremony that the Grammys was planning a special tribute to Hawkins’s life and work. Sussman said in a statement to Variety, “We will honor his memory in some way. We want to figure out what is the right thing to do that is respectful to everyone involved. We’re patient. We’ll be planning right up until the very end.”

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