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 phase. Instead, he went ignored and, according to Variety, his absence was intentional: His workforce had reportedly despatched a number of requests that the Grammys no less than acknowledge XXXTentacion’s loss of life throughout the broadcast in its in memoriam package deal, however have been turned down because of the allegations regarding his alleged violent previous. XXXTentacion was murdered at 20 final June, and had been awaiting trial on the time of his loss of life on fees that he brutally assaulted his then-pregnant girlfriend. As Vulture initially 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 in the end deemed ineligible for technical causes for BNA and acquired 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 process.” He continued, “We monitor those who we lose in our business in any given 12 months after which now we have a course of by which we undergo it. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re fortunate if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 p.c of these we lose. Because it’s at all times laborious selections.” He famous that any artist who was “outstanding and well-known by the general public,” would probably be acknowledged however that he’d need to see how the XXXTentacion scenario “performed out.” Though he was not talked about on the published, XXXTentacion’s identify is included on a longer list of “these we misplaced” on the Grammys website.