FOO FIGHTERS received the first ever Global Icon Award at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards (Sunday September 12), where they also performed a number of songs from their expansive catalog.
Before the FOO FIGHTERS accepted the award, they were introduced by Billie Eilish, who noted that an “entire generation of music fans” had grown up listening to the FOO FIGHTERS, and that “they helped the world fall in love with rock and roll”.
She continued: “They put their heart into every single song, and leave it all on the stage every time. They’ve carried the torch of rock and roll for 26 years.
“They have 12 Grammys, seven Platinum albums, two VMAs, and this year they’ll be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They are heroes, they are legends, and now they’re officially Global Icons.”
During FOO FIGHTERS’ acceptance speech, Dave Grohl said: “Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen for having us here tonight. It’s quite an award to receive.
“We’ve been a band for 26 years, so it feels pretty good. But we’d like to thank all of the people at MTV, past and present…we’ll see you in 26 years”.
FOO FIGHTERS then performed a number of their hits including ‘Learn To Fly’, ‘Shame Shame’ and the 1997 classic ‘Everlong’, which capped off the set.
The Global Icon Award “celebrates an artist/band whose unparalleled career and continued impact and influence has maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond.
“The VMAs will honour the global icon who has left an indelible mark on the musical landscape and continues to influence, inspire, and evolve”
You can check out the performance below.