Introducing the In Memoriam segment of the Grammys was comedian Trevor Noah. Prior to the segment starting, Noah shared the following with the audience:
“This was the moment in the show when I was supposed to be introducing the Foo Fighters. We would have been celebrating with them as they won three Grammy Awards earlier today. But they, of course, are not here due to the passing of their legendary drummer, Taylor Hawkins. Our thoughts go out to Taylor’s family, his friends, his Foo Fighter family and all his fans.”
The Foo Fighters were originally supposed to play the Grammys, but have cancelled all their previously announced performances to grieve the loss of Taylor Hawkins.
The Foo Fighters also won a great deal of awards as part of last night’s Grammys event.
Among several artists, who took to Twitter to share their feelings, a point of frustration during the In Memoriam portion of the Grammys was the exclusion of several individuals, including Megaforce Records co-founder Jon Zazula, The Moody Blues co-founder Graeme Edge, as well as the late Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. Specifically, they were excluded from the televised version of the In Memoriam segment; those individuals, including the late Slipknot drummer, can be found on this site here.
On July 26th, 2021, at the age of 46, Jordison passed away. As one of the founding members of Slipknot, Jordison is fondly remembered by the metal community for his incredible drumming skills and brilliant creativity. In other Joey Jordison related news, his fellow Murderdolls bandmate Wednesday 13 recently paid tribute to him during a live performance. Prior to performing a Murderdolls song, Wednesday 13 addressed the crowd with the following:
“This part of the show I’d like to make some noise for our brother Joey Jordison. He left us far too soon. He was one of the most talented people I ever met. And he’s the reason any of you guys know who I am. So we picked a couple of songs, some of my favorite songs we liked to play with Joey. We’re gonna take it back about 12 years ago to the [Murderdolls’ 2010 album] ‘Women And Children Last’. This is called ‘Nowhere’.”
Words by: Michael Pementel