Fans of late rapper XXXTentacion have expressed sadness at how the 2019 Grammy Awards ceremony failed to pay tribute to him.
According to some quarters, XXXTentacion wasn’t honored because of how he carried out domestic violence on his ex-girlfriend who he allegedly battered.
When the Grammy Awards Recording Academy president, Neil Portnow, was asked whether or not X would be included, he failed to give a clear response.
“I will tell you it’s a daunting challenge. 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. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re lucky if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 percent of those we lose. Because it’s always hard choices.”
“All of that is to say, I don’t have any answers for you now, but obviously artists who were prominent and well-known by the public are people who are recognized and we’ll just wind up having to see how it plays out.”