The Grammy Awards are known for honoring music’s best living artists while also paying homage to music industry luminaries that have passed away. The 2019 Grammy Awards’ tribute to the industry’s fallen soldiers included the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Mac Miller and Avicii. However, it didn’t include XXXTentacion, who was tragically shot and killed in a robbery on June 18, 2018.
While producers for the Grammys haven’t offered up any explicit reason for their decision not to include X in their memoriam segment, it could have something to do with his controversial past. At the time of his death, X had been facing some serious allegations of domestic violence. Those allegations had seen him place in jail from October 2016 to March 2017.
While X’s alleged past of violence made him a polarizing figure in the music industry, his accomplishments are undeniable. During his short, yet impactful career, the American Music Awards trophy winner released two solo albums, including 17 and ?. Both have been certified platinum. Singles like “Fuck Love,” “Look At Me!” and “Sad! have also locked in platinum plaques for the Members Only leader, who wasn’t nominated for any trophies at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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