Grammys' In Memoriam Segment Criticised Over Numerous Errors And Notable Omissions
The Grammys have drawn criticism over its in memoriam segment, which featured various errors and omissions.
Fans noticed that the names of Spanish singer Camilo Sesto and the Cars frontman Ric Ocasek were incorrect in the video montage shown on the big screens at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Ocasek’s first name was misspelled as Rick and Sesto’s first name was misspelled as Camile.
The montage also omitted Keith Flint, frontman of the Grammy-nominated band The Prodigy, who died last March.
Silver Jews indie rocker David Berman, who died in August last year, was also missing, as was The Walker Brothers star Scott Walker.
He died in March last year and was famous for hits including The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore and Make It Easy On Yourself.
Viewers of Sunday night’s ceremony were quick to pick up on the errors and omissions, calling out Grammys bosses on Twitter...
Dear #Grammy: His name is RIC Ocasek, not RICK. How about hiring a copy editor?! @RecordingAcad #TheCars #GrammyLive #Grammys #Grammy2020
— TamiraMadsen (@tamiramadsen) January 27, 2020
Grammys misspelled Ric Ocasek first name in In Memoriam ... such a lack of respect. #Grammys
— Julian Spivey (@julianspivey44) January 27, 2020
Again with fucking up the In Memoriam... hey @TheAwards2020 it’s RIC OCASEK not “Rick”!!! Dammit. #GRAMMYs
— Emily Cagan (@EmilyCagan) January 27, 2020
They called Camilo Sesto ‘Camile’ THE DISRESPECT
— king cataa ✨ (@cataaaline) January 27, 2020
Man if you gone put somebody in your fucking In Memoriam get their fucking name right @RecordingAcad It’s CAMILO SESTO NOT CAMILE SMFH pic.twitter.com/vY4CXFEKne
— SANTOS (@_R0NI_) January 27, 2020
Left off the #Grammys' In Memoriam segment tonight: David Berman, Scott Walker, Keith Flint, Bushwick Bill, Mark Hollis, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, and Ranking Roger. Not cool!
— Lÿndsey Parker (@lyndseyparker) January 27, 2020
Cant believe The Grammy's left Keith Flint/Prodigy out of the In Memoriam segment!#GRAMMYs @pete_burns13
— peter omholt (@petey_o1) January 27, 2020
Hearing the Grammys didn’t include David Berman, Mark Hollis, Scott Walker, and Bushwick Bill on their In Memoriam, and that’s all you need to know.
— Andrew Cox (@AndrewWyattCox) January 27, 2020
#GRAMMYs left David Berman out of the RIP reel. That’s bullshit
— Adam Gold (@GoldAdam) January 27, 2020
Also classic Grammys bullshit not acknowledging David Berman in memorium but actually surprising - no Scott Walker? I’m done w this trash I’m livid lol
— Jamie Granato (@rezound) January 27, 2020
I want to sleep but I’m too sad that the Grammys left David Berman out. It stings.
— Christine Varriale (@certaintragedy) January 27, 2020
Hey @RecordingAcad, Scott walker was one of the greatest musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. Not even a mention in the in memoriam? Embarrassing.
— Michael O'Keefe (@srk_mike) January 27, 2020
The awards show featured an impromptu tribute to basketball player Kobe Bryant, whose sudden death at the age of 41 came just hours before the event.
Presenter Alicia Keys opened the show with some words about the NBA legend, and after asking for a moment of silence, she was then joined on stage by Boyz II Men, for an impromptu rendition of It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye.
Billie Eilish was the big winner of the night, with the 18-year-old sweeping to victory in all four major categories, picking up Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best New Artist.
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