During the In Memoriam segment of the Oscars 2016 ceremony in Los Angeles, Foo Fighters’ frontman, Dave Grohl performed a memorable and emotional rendition of the Beatles’ 1968 song “Blackbird” a tribute to film-industry veterans who passed away over the last year.
Grohl,47 gave an acoustic solo performance of the song while Oscars’ large screen highlighted members of the industry who died over the past twelve months including Christopher Lee, Leonard Nimoy, Alan Rickman, David Bowie and other various members of the industry.
The song “Blackbird” is originally a Beatles from their 1968 double album The Beatles a.k.a. the White Album. Paul McCartney, 73, one of Grohl’s idols, wrote the haunting classic.
Grohl wasn’t nominated for an Oscar this year, but as promised, he delivered a special and heartbreaking performance which brought tears to the Oscars audience.
Meanwhile, it’s customary for the artists of the Best Original Song nominees to perform during the ceremony. But ANOHNI the first transgender nominee was not asked to perform at this year’s Oscars due to “time constraints” which led into controversy.
Earlier this month, Foo Fighters’ HBO series Sonic Highways won two Emmys and was nominated for the Best Music Film Grammy.