The Grammys pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins and Stephen Sondheim

The Grammy Awards took a long moment to honor Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters drummer who died just over a week ago while touring with the band in Colombia.

The show featured a compilation of photos and video footage from Hawkins’ career as a charismatic drummer known for his big smile. Hawkins, who joined Foo Fighters in the ’90s, died at the age of 50. The band were scheduled to perform at the awards ceremony but withdrew after Hawkins’ death.

Earlier in the night, Billie paid tribute to Eilish Hawkins when she appeared in a t-shirt with the drummer’s picture on it while singing her song ‘Happier Than Ever’.

Following the tribute to Hawkins, a quartet of musical theater artists honored other musical luminaries who have died in the past year, including Stephen Sondheim, the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist, who died in November. Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Rachel Zegler, who played Maria in the recent Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation of West Side Story, sang a compilation of Sondheim songs including Send In the Clowns and Somewhere “. .”

Honorees included Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts; Wanda Young, one of the lead singers of the Motown group The Marvelettes; DMX, the best-selling rapper; Meat Loaf, the “Bat Out of Hell” singer; and Biz Markie, the rapper and producer. The Grammys pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins and Stephen Sondheim

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