The Grammy Awards has been honoring late musicians over the past years with a segment called “In Memoriam.” For the 65th edition of the most prestigious event in music, many artists were left out of the tribute and fans have been wondering why.
According to USA Today, countless of late singers were honored during the ceremony including Loretta Lynn with an emotional performance by Kacey Musgraves, Takeoff with a special song by his Migos co-rapper Quavo, Christine McVie with a rendition of “Songbird” by Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood, and Bonnie Raitt, and many more.
Today, fans have been voicing their opinions on social media as to why the Recording Academy left out many artists like Aaron Carter and Taylor Hawkins.
In an explanation by the organization, as reported by Paper Magazine, the Academy noted that Jeremiah Green of Modest Mouse and Gangsta Boo of Three 6 Mafias were not included in the tribute as the “In Memoriam” segment only covers those who passed away from January 1, 2022, to December 6, 2022.
Both musicians died only a day apart on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, respectively.
On the other hand, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was not honored this year as he was already included last minute at last year’s ceremony in April days after he died in Bogota, Colombia.
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Regarding Aaron Carter’s exclusion, the Academy has yet to respond to fans’ complaints and many of them are still protesting on social media.
The late pop singer’s former girlfriend and the mother of his son, Melanie Martin, recently spoke out about the issue, saying she’s baffled that Carter wasn’t included in the segment, adding that her ex-partner just wanted for his music to be recognized by the public.
Martin also thinks the Grammys should make it up to the late pop star by honoring him at next year’s ceremony.
Aside from the event’s “In Memoriam” segment, the ceremony also featured performances by the biggest musicians in the industry like Harry Styles, Lizzo, Bad Bunny, Stevie Wonder, Steve Lacy, and many more.
Major category winners include Lizzo for Record of the Year with “About Damn Time,” Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House” for Album of the Year, Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ “Unholy” for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Adele’s “Easy on Me” for Best Pop Solo Performance, Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” for Best Dance/Electronic Recording, and many more. (via CBS News)
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