Quavo performed an emotional tribute for Takeoff during the In-Memoriam segment of the Grammys on Sunday (Feb. 5). The Migos rapper hit the stage with the Maverick City Music choir to perform his song “Without You.” It was Quavo’s first song since Takeoff’s death in November. He released the song as a single in January.
“Tears rolling down my eyes / Can’t tell you how many times I cried / Days ain’t the same without you / I don’t know if I’m the same without you,” he sings over the somber beat.
Takeoff (real name Kirshnik Khari Ball) was shot and killed outside a Houston bowling alley on November 1. This came weeks after Quavo and him released their first collaborative album as a duo Only Built For Infinity Links.
Quavo releasing “Without You” marked the second time that Quavo has openly addressed Takeoff’s death. In a three-page tribute, Qauvo said, in part, that his nephew had a “real passion” for music. He said that he was the one that created the triplet flow that became Migos’ signature sound. “I am proud to be ya uncle. I’m proud we saw the world and done things we couldn’t ever imagine together,” Quavo wrote.
Currently, the suspected killer, Patrick Clark, has been released on a $1 million bond. Clark’s next court date is scheduled for March 9.