During her Grammy Awards performance, Billie Eilish paid tribute to late Foo Fighters member Taylor Hawkins.
The singer-songwriter, 20, performed “Happier Than Ever” at the awards show on Sunday, April 3, wearing a black t-shirt featuring a photo of the drummer with his last name printed on the back.
Last week, Eilish attended the Academy Awards, winning an Oscar for Best Original Song. While she was there, she told Access Hollywood that Hawkins’ death was “incredibly heartbreaking.”
She added, “It was right before we went on stage [in Seattle, Washington]. And we got the news, and it really, really tore us all apart. It’s horribly, horribly tragic.”
Her brother, Finneas, also had some thoughts, “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.”
Taylor Hawkins died a week before the Grammys. He was found in his Colombian hotel room on March 25. A preliminary toxicology test revealed the drummer had marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids in his system.
Hawkins leaves behind his three children — Oliver, Annabelle, and Everleigh — and his wife, Alison Hawkins.
Although the Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the 64th annual Grammys, the band canceled the performance and their entire tour. However, they did win three awards for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album.
The surviving members of the Foo Fighters released a statement on March 29 after canceling the remaining dates on their tour.
“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. 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.”