Los Angeles, CA – The Recording Academy honored a wide range of artists who died this previous 12 months throughout its in memoriam section on the 2019 Grammy Awards. One particular person noticeably absent from the tribute was XXXTENTACION, and it apparently wasn’t an oversight.
According to a report by Variety, the Grammys rejected repeated requests from the late artist’s reps for his inclusion and purposefully left him out of the section. The controversial rapper reportedly wasn’t featured attributable to his alleged acts of home violence.
X was clearly on the Recording Academy’s radar although. In December, Rolling Stone particularly requested Academy president Neil Portnow about X’s possibilities of being within the section.
“It’s all the time a frightening job to contemplate the proficient younger artists who died this 12 months,” Portnow mentioned. “We design the present after figuring out the nominations, and that was as we speak, so we can be deciding on the programming of that now. We don’t have pre-obits ready like in journalism however we do depart time yearly for an in memoriam and we can be planning that now. I don’t have a solution for you on XXX.”
Portnow mentioned the Academy tracks all the deaths within the music business every year however can solely characteristic about “10 to 15 p.c” of the deceased within the present’s in memoriam section. However, X was acknowledged in an inventory featured on the Grammy website.