The Grammys paid tribute to the many music luminaries we lost over the last year during Sunday night’s show but there was one big name missing.
As fans noted, the Awards’ In Memoriam segment did not include the late rapper XXXTentacion, who was murdered in June 2018.
According to Variety, a source said XXXTentacion was rejected from the In Memoriam due to the rapper’s history of domestic violence.
XXXTentacion’s fans were not happy about the snub, though.
XXXTenacion wasn’t the only person left out of the In Memoriam.
“We track those that we lose in our industry in any given year and then we have a process by which we go through it,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow explained in Variety. “Our on-air in memoriam — we’re lucky if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 per cent of those we lose. Because it’s always hard choices.”
To account for the names that couldn’t be fit on the broadcast, the Grammys also posted a longer list of those the music industry lost over the past year on their website.
Among the important names missing from the televised tribute were Richard Swift, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison and the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley.
Pantera fans were particularly upset at the omission of metal drummer Vinnie Paul from the In Memoriam.