Quavo paid tribute to his late groupmate — and nephew — Takeoff at the 2023 Grammys.
The Migos rapper took the stage Sunday night with Maverick City Music to perform “Without You” as they remembered the life and legacy of Takeoff, who died on Nov. 1.
The rapper — who was dressed in all black with a simple silver chain and a mask that covered half his face — began his “In Memoriam” tribute while sitting on a stool surrounded by the choir singers. He even flashed the audience with Takeoff’s diamond-encrusted chain.
During his performance, two members of the choir joined in to sing “See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa.
Migos member Offset, however, did not join him on stage.
Just before Quavo, Kacey Musgraves paid tribute to Loretta Lynn with a rendition of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
They were followed by a star-studded performance of “Songbird” by Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt to honor Christine McVie.
Quavo’s tribute marked his first public appearance since he witnessed his nephew’s fatal shooting at a bowling alley in Houston.
Nearly two weeks after Takeoff’s death, Quavo penned an emotional letter to his “angel” on Instagram.
“It’s so hard to tell you Ima miss you because you always with me and we did everything together,” the “Bad and Boujee” rapper began the lengthy note.
“This whole time I’ve been trying to figure out what you really are to me because nephew ain’t it,” Quavo said. “… Now I finally get it … you are OUR angel watching me and watching us this whole time in living form.”
He concluded the tribute by promising Takeoff he would “keep your name alive as long as I live.”
While Quavo has stayed under the radar since Takeoff’s passing, Offset — who co-founded the rap group in 2008 — has been using social media to help cope with the pain.
“S–t not easy[,] fake smiling and s–t[,] tryna keep walking with my head up,” the rapper — whose real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus — tweeted last month.
Before that, Offset said the loss “left a hole in my heart that will never be filled.”
“The pain you have left me with is unbearable,” the 31-year-old wrote via Instagram. “My heart is shattered and I have so many things to say, but I can’t find the words.”
He continued, “I’ve been going to sleep and waking up hoping that all of this is a dream, but it’s reality, and reality feels like a nightmare.”
Takeoff — whose real name is Kirsnick Khari Ball — was shot and killed at the age of 28 after an altercation broke out at a party.
Shortly after, authorities arrested 33-year-old Patrick Xavier Clark and have since charged him with murder.
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