Los Angeles, CA – The Recording Academy honored quite a lot 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 as a consequence of 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 at all times a frightening job to contemplate the proficient younger artists who died this 12 months,” Portnow stated. “We design the present after figuring out the nominations, and that was at this time, so we will probably be deciding on the programming of that now. We don’t have pre-obits ready like in journalism however we do go away time yearly for an in memoriam and we will probably be planning that now. I don’t have a solution for you on XXX.”
Portnow stated the Academy tracks the entire deaths within the music business every year however can solely function about “10 to 15 %” of the deceased within the present’s in memoriam section. However, X was acknowledged in a listing featured on the Grammy website.