Thanks to the advocacy of Foo Fighters fronter Dave Grohl, the Grammys’ organizers were persuaded to hold a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. The tribute came from the Hollywood Vampires, the Alice Cooper-fronted supergroup featuring Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

Grammy producer Ken Erlich gave credit to Grohl.

“The metalheads have Dave Grohl to thank for that, because when I asked Dave if he would introduce that segment, he said, ‘I’ll do it – if you do something for Lemmy,'” he told Billboard.

Grohl introduced the Vampires, offering a few words of commemoration for Lemmy.

“He was a rebel, an outsider, one of a kind, and a way of life. He was Motörhead. He was a legend and I was proud to call him my friend,” Grohl said.

“I have an ‘Ace Of Spades’ tattoo, but the truth is that Lemmy left us mark on me a long, long time ago. As Lemmy told us in the song ‘Ace Of Spades,’ the pleasure is to play.”

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