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The Grammys Reportedly Rejected XXXtentacion From The In Memoriam

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Per ordinary, the 61st annual Grammy Awards included a short video presentation honoring the influential folks in music that handed away in 2018. Included on this yr’s memoriam have been Mac Miller, Avicii, and the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Not included was rapper XXXtentacion, who was shot to dying final June. In keeping with Selection, regardless of repeated requests from XXXtentacion’s workforce to have him acknowledged, he was rejected from the televised section due to his historical past of violence in opposition to girls.

Neil Portnow—departing president of the Recording Academy—was requested again in December by Rolling Stone if X (actual identify Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy) could be included, and he referred to as it a “daunting problem.” Avoiding an specific response to Onfroy’s self-admitted violence, Portnow deduced the choice to logistics. “We monitor people who we lose in our business in any given yr after which we’ve got a course of by which we undergo it. Our on-air in memoriam—we’re fortunate if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 % of these we lose.” After which he wrapped it up with a traditional non-answer. “All of that’s to say, I haven’t got any solutions for you now, however clearly artists who have been distinguished and well-known by the general public are people who find themselves acknowledged and we’ll simply wind up having to see the way it performs out.”

It performed out with Onfroy’s exclusion. The Recording Academy’s resolution to not embody him stands out as so many different award exhibits selected to embrace him regardless of allegations in opposition to him. The BET Awards featured Onfroy prominently of their memoriam simply a few weeks after his dying, and his mom accepted an award on his behalf on the American Music Awards in October. The Grammys—and the music business as an entire—has been referred to as out for its general sidestepping of he #MeToo motion and its basic reluctance to acknowledge feminine artists (Portnow did not assist issues when, final yr, he advised that feminine artists must “step up.”) Let’s hope the Grammys retains this similar vitality and continues to reject abusers.


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