Watch Dave Grohl Perform the Beatles' 'Blackbird' at the 2016 Oscars

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Dave Grohl performs onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  

Earlier this month, we learned Dave Grohl would be on hand at the 2016 Oscars for a special performance. It turned out to be a touching, subtle cover of The Beatles' "Blackbird" to soundtrack the show's 2016 in memoriam tribute reel.

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Paul McCartney originally wrote the White Album song to salute the 1960s civil rights movement, but in this instance, it took on a somewhat different meaning. Playing just his acoustic guitar, the Foo Fighters frontman sang "Blackbird" while the Oscars' big screen highlighted members of the industry who died over the past twelve months. This included Christopher Lee, Leonard Nimoy, Alan Rickman, and of course, David Bowie.

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Grohl and his usual bandmates may be taking an extended break from all Foo Fighters-related activities. Back in Nov. 2015, the band released a free EP called Saint Cecilia, paired with a message from Grohl pondering some significant time off, now that the promotion cycle for 2014’s Sonic Highways LP has ended. 

For more, check out all of Billboard’s coverage of the 2016 Oscars.

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