Los Angeles, CA – The Recording Academy honored quite a lot of artists who died this previous 12 months throughout its in memoriam phase on the 2019 Grammy Awards. One individual 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 phase. The controversial rapper reportedly wasn’t featured because 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 phase.
“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 understanding the nominations, and that was right this moment, so we will likely 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 will likely be planning that now. I don’t have a solution for you on XXX.”
Portnow mentioned the Academy tracks the entire deaths within the music trade annually however can solely function about “10 to 15 p.c” of the deceased within the present’s in memoriam phase. However, X was acknowledged in a listing featured on the Grammy website.