At the MTV Video Music Awards, rock royalty set the stage ablaze. Foo Fighters tore the house down with a wild performance of some of their best songs after earning the Global Icon Award.
On September 12, 2021, the Foo Fighters became the first American band to receive the MTV Global Icon Award. The band, which consists of Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee, did not attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards solely to accept a Moonperson award.
They came to rock, and they rocked hard. The band, who debuted in 1995 with their self-titled album, performed a medley of classics including “Learn To Fly,” “Shame Shame,” and “Everlong,” demonstrating why they are the epitome of “living legends.” Fans who were paying attention noticed that drummer Taylor paid tribute to the late Charlie Watts by putting the Rolling Stones drummer’s name on his drum equipment.
The #FooFighters take the stage at the #VMAs: https://t.co/ouVvRbslmN pic.twitter.com/T0gqIryBpo
— Variety (@Variety) September 13, 2021
Taylor Hawkins, omnivorous rock fan, honoring Charlie Watts on his bass drum head pic.twitter.com/auH1UaQ9R1
— Brian Hiatt (@hiattb) September 13, 2021
Billie Eilish welcomed the band before the show, complimenting them for “carrying the flame of rock and roll” since their debut. “They are legends, heroes, and now they are officially Global Icons.”
Billie Eilish apresentando a banda Foo Fighters no #VMA. pic.twitter.com/RSF31fyNk6
— Billie Eilish Brasil 🕊 (@BillieEilishBR) September 13, 2021
billie eilish + foo fighters 🔥🔥💙💙#vma#vmas#VMA2021 pic.twitter.com/oTKUHUpzUI
— André Henrique (@andrehenris) September 13, 2021
The Foo Fighters haven’t performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in more than a decade. Serj Tankian of System of a Down, Cee-Lo, Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, rock hero Lemmy Kilmister, and Eagles of Death Metal all made appearances during the band’s Fantasy Suite event in 2007.) For their video “Shame Shame,” the Foo Fighters were nominated for three awards: Best Rock, Best Choreography, and Best Cinematography.
The Worldwide Icon was presented to the Foos because of their “unparalleled career and continuous impact and influence has maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond,” according to the MTV European Music Awards.
According to a press release, “the VMAs will celebrate a global superstar who has left an indelible stamp on the musical landscape and continues to influence, inspire, and evolve.” Bon Jovi, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran, Janet Jackson, U2, the late Whitney Houston, Eminem, and Green Day are among those who have won the award.
The Foo Fighters performed “Times Like These” at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration earlier in 2021. Before the virtual performance, Dave explained that it was his mother’s favorite son, Virginia Grohl, who worked as a teacher for 35 years.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, he dedicated the song to Dr. Jill Biden and other instructors who were “fronted with extraordinary problems.” “However, they met those problems straight on via determination and creativity,” he continued.
Dave will release The Storyteller in October, a collection of “memories of a life lived loud.” The memoir will detail his adventures from “growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC,” to “taking the road at the age of 18 as a member of punk band Scream” (who have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new album), to “all the music that followed.”
Given who Dave has worked with, including Mike Watt, Tenacious D, David Bowie, the Zac Brown Band, Diddy, and Halsey on her new album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, this book is a must-read for anybody interested in learning more about the man behind the legend.