Though XXXTentacion wasn’t nominated for a Grammy, many followers nonetheless anticipated to see the late rapper’s identify acknowledged throughout the present’s in memoriam section. Instead, he went ignored and, according to Variety, his absence was intentional: His workforce had reportedly despatched a number of requests that the Grammys at the very least acknowledge XXXTentacion’s dying throughout the broadcast in its in memoriam package deal, however had been turned down as a result of allegations regarding his alleged violent past. XXXTentacion was murdered at 20 final June, and had been awaiting trial on the time of his dying on expenses that he brutally assaulted his then-pregnant girlfriend. As Vulture originally reported, his reps launched a marketing campaign to get XXXTentacion nominated on the Grammys, submitting him for a number of classes together with Best New Artist. He was finally deemed ineligible for technical causes for BNA and obtained no different nominations.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow was asked last December if XXXTentacion could be included within the in memoriam segement and described the choice as a “troublesome activity.” He continued, “We monitor people who we lose in our trade in any given 12 months after which we’ve got a course of by which we undergo it. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re fortunate if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 % of these we lose. Because it’s all the time arduous decisions.” He famous that any artist who was “distinguished and well-known by the general public,” would possible be acknowledged however that he’d must see how the XXXTentacion scenario “performed out.” Though he was not talked about on the published, XXXTentacion’s identify is included on a longer list of “these we misplaced” on the Grammys web site.