XXXTentacion, who was shot to dying in June 2018, was rejected from the Grammys’ in memoriam section on Sunday evening. In accordance with a supply, representatives for the late rapper requested repeatedly that the Recording Academy acknowledge the artist, whose “Unhappy!” was one of the consumed songs of 2018. However due to the rapper’s historical past of home violence, the present opted to not embody him alongside such acts as Avicii and Mac Miller.
After the nominations had been revealed in December, Academy president Neil Portnow was requested by Rolling Stone whether or not the section would come with XXX. “I’ll let you know it’s a frightening problem,” stated Portnow. “We observe people who we lose in our trade in any given 12 months 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 p.c of these we lose. As a result of it’s all the time arduous selections. All of that’s to say, I don’t have any solutions for you now, however clearly artists who had 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.”
The divisive artist first broke in 2017 after showing on the duvet of XXL Journal’s influential “Freshman” issuealongside Kamaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, MadeinTYO, Playboi Carti, Aminé, Kap G, KYLE and Ugly God. XXX received the fan vote to make the duvet.
The 20-year-old Florida native has been embroiled in authorized issues over his alleged beating of a girlfriend whereas pregnant. The controversy has resulted in quite a few articles calling for the larger music trade to not “co-sign,” or endorse, his music, together with one which was revealed by Pitchfork titled, “XXXTentacion Is Blowing Up Behind Bars. Ought to He Be?”
XXX was additionally one of many artists to spur a “hateful conduct” ban on Spotify — since revoked — which eliminated his music from common playlists like Rap Caviar. Hours after his dying, XXXTentacion claimed the highest two spots on the playlist, with songs from “?,” together with a tag on the high that learn, “Relaxation In Peace, XXXTENTACION.”
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