Quavo Performs Powerful Tribute to Takeoff at Grammy Awards

Quavo and Maverick City Music perform tribute to late rapper Takeoff at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2023. (Credit: Getty Images for the Record Academy)

Quavo paid tribute to his late nephew and group mate, Takeoff, during a heartfelt performance Sunday night at the Grammy Awards.

The Migos rapper took the stage in Los Angeles and performed the original song dedicated to Takeoff titled “Without You,” alongside gospel collective Maverick City Music.

Wearing a mask that covered half of his face, Quavo wore all black and sat on a stool. Next to him was an empty stool and Takeoff’s diamond-encrusted chain. The performance was part of the Grammys “In Memoriam” segment, and the names of other artists who died over the last year appeared on screen including Anita Pointer, Coolio, DJ Kay Slay, Irene Cara, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and Hurricane G.

At the end of his portion of the performance, Quavo held up Takeoff’s chain in remembrance of the late rapper.

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Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot and killed in Houston when an altercation erupted outside a bowling alley on Nov. 1, 2022. He was 28 years old. A month after his death, Houston police arrested the suspected gunman.

As part of the tribute to Takeoff, members of Maverick City Music joined in to sing “See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa.

Just before Quavo began his portion of the performance, country music star Kacey Musgraves paid tribute to late music icon Loretta Lynn by performing Lynn’s hit single “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and she even played Lynn’s guitar.

Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt later performed “Songbird” to honor singer-songwriter Christine McVie, who died in November.