Red Hot Chili Peppers addressed their Global Icon award to Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins at the MTV VMAs 2022 on 28th August. Moreover, the band performed and collected the honor at the New Jersey awards show, co-hosted by Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow, and LL Cool J at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 2012, constantly are among the best-selling bands. They received the Global Icon award after performing ‘Black Summer’ and ‘Can’t Stop’ from their 2002 album ‘By the Way.’
The 59-year-old Frontman Anthony Kiedis, the 60-year-old drummer Chad Smith, 59-year-old bassist Flea, and 52-year-old guitarist John Frusciante, received the prize becoming just the second U.S. Global Icon recipients on Sunday Night.
The award was presented by Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, and Kiedis thanked them, describing them as “some bad mother– flip-flops.”
Chad Smith took the microphone and paid tribute to Hawkins, saying: “There’s another musical icon, global icon, and his name is my brother Taylor Hawkins. I want to dedicate this to Taylor and his family and I miss him every day and fly on Hawk, fly on brother.”
Smith made a heartfelt speech about the late Taylor Hawkins. The Foo Fighters drummer who died in March at the age of 50.
Kiedis said: “I did want to thank the sassy mistress known as MTV for supporting us for 1,000 years and more. But really, really, really I want to thank Flea and John and Chad Smith… for giving me a purpose in my life for the last 40 years. I would’ve been a free-floating disaster in space if not for these boys, so thank you boys for giving me something to do with my life and love.”
Subsequently, thanking his bandmates and family, Flea clearly indicated his love for “cockroaches and dirt and trees and every human being,” at the time Kiedis said Frusciante would convey his message “with his smile. That’s what he’s got to say, it’s his smile,” said Kiedis. “And his guitar playing and his just sweet nature. We love him.”
MTV posted an announcement on Twitter, shortly following the segment which read, “Join the @foofighters & the Hawkins family as they present The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert — a live global music event honoring the life & music of rock legend, Taylor Hawkins. Watch it this Saturday on http://youtube.com/mtv.”