Migos rapper Quavo will make his first public appearance at next month’s upcoming Grammys with a gospel tribute to his nephew Takeoff.
The 65th Grammy Awards will take place on February 5, 2023, and there will be a memorial segment dedicated to those in the entertainment industry who passed away last year. Quavo will reportedly pay tribute to Takeoff, who was killed last November 1 after a fight broke out during a dice game in Houston, Texas.
He will be joined by the powerful musical group Maverick City Music on “Without You”. Released in early January, the song marks the first time Quavo has broken his silence. The emotional track references Quavo’s grief at the loss of his nephew.
“Tears rolled down my eyes/I just saw angels fly,” the song’s intro begins. “Tell me I’ll be fine, oh why? Out of the galaxy, above the stars / In the whole universe, it’s bigger than Mars.”
Takeoff had just formed a duo with Quavo after their band Migos broke up. The group featured the duo, along with their cousin Offset.
The rapper was 28 years old when he died. Takeoff, born Kirsnik Khari Ball, was shot when a game of dice went wrong at a private party outside a popular bowling alley in Houston, Texas.
Police later arrested Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, in December and he is now charged with murder. Another suspect at the scene, 22-year-old Cameron Joshua, was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon after he was seen on video brandishing a firearm during the shooting, which seriously injured two others.
Meanwhile, Clark claims his innocence. He was initially granted $2 million bail, but it was lowered after his lawyers argued for it to be lowered to $1 million.
Clark, who was considered a flight risk, was found with a bag of money and planned to fly to Mexico, prosecutors told the court. He must wear a GPS monitor until his next court appearance in March 2023.
The Grammys, meanwhile, said the memorial section will include two more tribute songs, with Kathy Musgraves performing “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” a tribute to Loretta Lynn, and Shirley Crowe, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Ritter will perform “Songbird” in tribute to Kristen McVeigh.
The Grammys are taking place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, but fans can also watch on CBS Network and Paramount+ on February 5, 2023 from 8:00-11:30pm ET and 5:00-8pm ET. Live stream on PT.