Red Hot Chili Peppers honors the late Taylor Hawkins at the 2022 VMAs


The Red Hot Chili Peppers paid their big tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.

Here’s everything you need to know.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers dedicated their win to Taylor Hawkins at the MTV VMAs

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were honored with the Global Icon Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Favorite rockers include Anthony Kiedis (frontman), Chad Smith (drummer), Flea (bassist) and John Frusciante (guitarist).

In addition, they become the second recipients of the global icon in the United States of America.

In accepting the honor, however, Smith

they went on to dedicate the win to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

He mentioned: ‘There’s another music icon, a global icon, and his name is my brother Taylor Hawkins.’

The 60-year-old drummer continued: “I want to dedicate this to Taylor and his family. I love them and miss them every day. Keep flying, Hawk. Fly on, brother.”

In case you didn’t know, Hawkins was found dead in a hotel room in Columbia this March. He died at the age of 50. In addition, Foo Fighters won the Global Icon Award last year.

More about the Red Hot Chili Pepper win

Before walking away with the award, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage to perform their hits. They sang their recent track ‘Black Summer’ along with their classic single ‘Can’t Stop’ which was part of their 2002 album By the Way.

In addition, Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin presented them with the award. Regardless, Anthony Kiedis took the mic first to thank the comedy icons, calling them “some bad mother…flip flops.”

Shortly after the 59-year-old singer began his speech by saying: ‘I wanted to thank the sassy lover known as MTV for supporting us for a thousand years and more.’

Red Hot Chili Peppers
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He went on to add: “But I really, really, really want to thank Flea and John and Chad Smith… for giving me meaning in my life for the last 40 years. If it wasn’t for these boys, I’d be a free-floating disaster in space, so thank you guys for giving me something to do with my life and love.”

Flea, on the other hand, proudly shared his love for “cockroaches and dirt and trees and every human being” while thanking his bandmates and family.


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