Quavo poured his soul into a Grammys dedication to Takeoff and more lives lost in the music industry in 2022.
The 31-year-old musician performed a tribute to his nephew and late band member from The Migos, Takeoff, at the 65th Grammy Awards ceremony.
The rapper performed a version of his tribute song “Without You,” which reflects on the loss of his former collaborator. He was accompanied by the Maverick City Music choir which helped him sing out emotionally;
Out in the galaxy, up in the stars
Over the universe, it’s bigger than Mars
See you in Heaven, see you in Heaven
When I see you in Heaven, I’ma be with my dawg
Quavo Holds Up Takeoff’s Chain On Stage At Grammys
The song was released on January 5, with a music video showing Quavo smoking a joint while listening to the track. Quavo expresses his grief over Takeoff’s death in the song and longs for a time machine to have him back.
During the tribute, Quavo held up Takeoff’s chain in the foreground.
QUAVO HOLDING TAKEOFF CHAIN IM CRYING 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺 #Grammys2023 #GRAMMYs #quavo #TakeOff pic.twitter.com/rN0dj1jfY3
— Bria K. (@brialegit) February 6, 2023
He also references their brief collaboration with the line “Unc and Phew until infinity.”
Heartfelt tribute to Takeoff by Quavo. I was also very happy to see DJ KaySlay, Twitch and Hurricane G acknowledged! 🙏🏾🖤 #GRAMMYs #Grammys2023 pic.twitter.com/AzgG9lkGa4
— Liris Crosse (@LirisC) February 6, 2023
— . (@stilllsmallz) February 6, 2023
Takeoff was tragically killed on November 1, 2022, at the age of 28, at a Houston venue named 810 Billiards & Bowling. He was with Quavo at the time of the incident, which involved a altercation that resulted in shots being fired.
Takeoff suffered gunshot wounds to his head, torso, and arm, and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 a.m.