In a poignant and heartfelt "In Memoriam" segment at the Emmy Awards on Monday night, Charlie Puth moved the audience with a touching tribute to the late Matthew Perry. The Grammy-nominated singer took to the stage, delivering a tear-jerking performance that deeply moved viewers.
Puth's tribute began with a slow and acoustic rendition of his hit song, "See You Again," originally a collaboration with rapper Wiz Khalifa dedicated to the memory of the late Paul Walker. The performance was mesmerizing, and Puth's soulful vocals resonated throughout the venue.
Joining him on stage were the husband-wife duo, The War and Treaty, who garnered Grammy nominations in 2024 for Best New Artist and Best American Roots Song.
Emotional Tribute Highlights
Dressed in an all-black suit, Charlie Puth sat at the piano and harmonized beautifully with The War and Treaty.
The audience was treated to a stunning display of talent as they paid tribute to some of Hollywood's most notable losses. Images of beloved figures like Angus Cloud, Leslie Jordan, Andre Braugher, and Bob Barker appeared on screens, evoking a sense of collective remembrance and reflection.
But the most poignant moment of the tribute came when the trio surprised the audience with a rendition of the "Friends" theme song, "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts. As a photo of Matthew Perry appeared on the screen, the star-studded audience erupted in applause and cheers, a testament to Perry's enduring legacy in entertainment.
Matthew Perry's passing in October, attributed to "the acute effects of ketamine," had left fans and the industry in mourning. In December, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office officially ruled his death as accidental.
Puth's heartfelt tribute at the Emmy Awards served as a poignant reminder of Perry's profound impact on the lives of many.
Social Media Reactions
Viewers took to social media to express their emotions after the performance.
Twitter user @eversongbirds shared, "Charlie Puth singing the 'Friends' theme song just for him - I’m sobbing. Matthew Perry, you are so loved." Similarly, @angelicv1be tweeted, "Bruh, Charlie Puth going from 'See You Again' to the 'Friends' theme song was unexpected, and I’m now sobbing #Emmys." The "In Memoriam" segment at the Emmy Awards this year was undeniably powerful, as @amyisquitebusy noted on X, "The In Memoriam hit hard this year #Emmys2023." This touching tribute by Charlie Puth was not the first time he honored Matthew Perry.
Last October, in Melbourne, Australia, Puth dedicated a performance to the legendary comedy star. Addressing the audience, Puth said, "I want to dedicate this song to another song, and if that makes you think of a person, that’s who it’s dedicated to." He sang "I'll Be There for You," with the Australian audience joining in, creating a decisive moment of unity and remembrance.
Transitioning to "See You Again" at the Emmys, Puth's tribute was a moving testament to Perry's enduring impact on his fans and the entertainment industry.