Fans who tuned in to Sunday’s Grammys observed that XXXTentacion was neglected of the “In Memoriam” section.
According to Variety, representatives for XXX requested repeatedly that the Recording Academy acknowledge the late rapper. However, the present opted to not embody him due to his historical past of home violence.
In December, Academy president Neil Portnow was requested whether or not the section would come with XXX. “It’s at all times a frightening job to think about the gifted younger artists who died this yr,” he advised Rolling Stone. “We don’t have pre-obits ready like in journalism however we do depart time yearly for an in memoriam and we shall be planning that now. I don’t have a solution for you on XXX.”
The 20-year-old Florida native, born Jahseh Onfroy, was shot and killed final June throughout an tried theft in Miami. Prior to his dying, he was dealing with a number of fees associated to a 2016 incident through which he allegedly beat his pregnant ex-girlfriend. He reportedly admitted to home abuse and different violent acts in a secret recording that was released following his dying.
Sunday’s “In Memoriam” section did embody different artists who died prior to now yr together with Aretha Franklin, Mac Miller, and Avicii.
The omission didn't sit effectively with XXX followers, who took to social media to voice their dismay.
The #Grammys couldn’t even say Rest In Peace to xxxtentacion. Disgraceful.
Lol Grammys couldn’t even put xxxtentacion within the “In Memoriam” part. Mad disrespectful. X’s dying impacted thousands and thousands simply as all people else did that was within the memoriam… Shameful. Grammy’s turn out to be extra trash yearly.