Quavo Holds Up Takeoff’s Chain as He and Maverick Metropolis Music Pay Tribute to Late Rapper at 2023 Grammys
VALERIE MACON/AFP by way of Getty Quavo and Maverick Metropolis Music performs Takeoff tribute
Quavo paid tribute to his nephew and fellow Migos rapper Takeoff on the Grammy Awards, months after his death in November.
The rapper took the stage on the sixty fifth annual award present on Sunday with the Maverick Metropolis Music choir for an emotional efficiency of his newest tune “Without You,” which he launched in January in remembrance of Takeoff.
“Tears rollin’ down my eyes, cannot inform you what number of occasions I cried,” Quavo started in his tribute tune, with Takeoff’s photo voltaic system chain displayed on the entrance of the stage. “Issues ain’t the identical with out you,” the artist continued in tune, “remembering the times” they “smoked massive blunts collectively,” he recalled, as black-and-white photos appeared on the display behind him of him and his late pal and nephew. In a somber tone, Quavo sang that “these occasions have been arduous, however these days have been higher.”
“I want I had a time machine, simply so you may take a trip with me,” he continued, singing he misses when Takeoff would “smile at me.”
Repeating “I want I had a time machine, simply so you may take a trip with me,” he concluded the tribute with the verse, “wrap my arms round you and maintain you tight, so you may by no means say goodbye to me,” together with repeating the road of “After I see you in heaven, I will be with my canine once more.”
The choir then got here to life in a soulful accompaniment to the phrases he sang, as Quavo held up Takeoff’s chain. “I want I had a time machine, simply so you may take a trip with me,” they sang in lovely concord.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Quavo holds up Takeoff’s chain
Within the efficiency, Maverick Metropolis Music aimed “to lift consciousness round gun violence and retaining the religion throughout troubled occasions,” a press launch asserting the efficiency learn.
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Takeoff was shot and killed in Houston on Nov. 1 at age 28, following a personal social gathering with Quavo, who was not injured within the incident.
Shortly after Takeoff’s death in November, Quavo shared an emotional eulogy alongside a collage of private photographs, as he mirrored on the bond that they shared.
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“This complete time I have been making an attempt to determine what you actually are to me as a result of nephew wasn’t it. We hated the phrase ‘nephew’ or after they stated ‘Unc and Phew’ as a result of we all the time knew we have been method nearer than that and it made me really feel previous too,” Quavo wrote. “Now I lastly get it… you might be OUR angel watching me and watching us this complete time in dwelling kind, ensuring EVERYONE FELT UR LOVE AND HUGS whereas u right here and u made our desires come true.”
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Quavo began his letter with the phrases “Expensive Take,” earlier than reflecting on a few of their earliest childhood reminiscences — aspirations of being within the WWE collectively (which they eventually achieved) and even successful a Boys and Ladies Membership expertise present by performing the 2000 monitor “Get Your Roll On” by Massive Tymers.
Wrapping up his eulogy, Quavo requested his late nephew to ask God what he has to do to “be with you once more… In a spot the place there isn’t any ache, no demons, no jealousy, no envy, no greed.”
“No matter we’ve to do God, to be at that place of paradise, ship us the instruments now cuz we wanna be with Take. Love you nephew!”
The 2023 Grammy Awards are airing stay on CBS and Paramount+ Sunday evening from the Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles.