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 least acknowledge XXXTentacion’s demise throughout the broadcast in its in memoriam bundle, however have been turned down because of the allegations regarding his alleged violent past. XXXTentacion was murdered at 20 final June, and had been awaiting trial on the time his demise on prices 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 “tough job.” He continued, “We observe those who we lose in our business in any given 12 months after which we now have a course of by which we undergo it. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re fortunate if we wind up that includes] 10 to 15 % 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 should see how the XXXTentacion state of affairs “performed out.” Though he was not talked about on the published, XXXTentacion’s identify is included on a longer list “these we misplaced” on the Grammys web site.