It turns out that Dave Grohl’s previously announced “special performance” at the Oscars was an acoustic rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” which he played during the Academy’s annual In Memoriam tribute. The montage paid homage to actors, filmmakers, and composers who passed away over the past year, including Alan Rickman, James Horner, and David Bowie, who was represented by a brief clip of his appearance in Zoolander. Somehow, legendary character actor Abe Vigoda was left out. Watch Grohl’s performance below.
Before his performance, Grohl tweeted out a message of support to ANOHNI, who was up for Best Original Song for “Manta Ray” but was not asked to perform at the ceremony. She chose not to attend the Oscars as a result and penned a lengthy open letter explaining her decision, which you can read here.
This one's for you, my friend. https://t.co/u2iYNQbRsS
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) February 29, 2016
Watch a red carpet interview with Grohl below.