Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl delivered a special performance at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony, where he performed the Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the annual show’s Memoriam segment.
Memoriam pays tribute to actors, writers, directors and film staff who have died over the past year. Among those represented this year were animator Robert Balser, who served as animation director on the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film, Bruce Sinofsky, who directed the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and David Bowie, who made several films during his long career.
Seated on the stage with a solitary spotlight on him, Grohl sang “Blackbird” while performing the song on acoustic guitar with orchestral accompaniment. The song was written by Paul McCartney, with whom Grohl is close friends. McCartney has said he composed the song in tribute to the black civil rights movement. This year’s Academy Award nominations were decried for their lack of black nominees, making “Blackbird” an unintentionally ironic choice.