XXXTentacion reportedly left out of Grammys' In Memoriam because of domestic violence

XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion was reportedly left out of the 2019 Grammys' In Memoriam segment on Sunday because of his allegedly violent past.

The Recording Academy honored several artists - including Avicii, Mac Miller and Aretha Franklin - in its tribute, but didn't include the 20-year-old rapper, who was shot and killed last June during an attempted robbery in Miami.

In December, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow was asked if XXXTentacion, who was not nominated for any Grammys, would be featured in the segment.

"We don't have pre-obits prepared like in journalism but we do leave time every year for an in memoriam and we will be planning that now", Portnow told Rolling Stone at the time.

"Because it's always hard choices", he added. Also in the 27-minute tape, which was recorded around the time of his October 2016 arrest, he admitted to stabbing his former manager (the incident led to him being arrested, however, he was ultimately released on bond), and he also took credit for a January 2016 stabbing, which he was never charged for given that police were unable to lock down a suspect.

Before his death, X was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. The "SAD!" rapper maintained his innocence up until his death.