Grammys Exclude the Fall's Mark E. Smith from Memoriam Tribute
Can's Holger Czukay, Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart and Fredo Santana also didn't make it onto the televised segment
Published Jan 29, 2018During last night's Grammy Awards, organizers paid tribute to a host of late music legends, including Chuck Berry, Steely Dan's Walter Becker, Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan and more. However, there were a number of notable omissions, chief among them the Fall's Mark. E. Smith.
As Pitchfork points out, the late UK post-post icon was completely left off the Grammys' "In Memoriam" list, both on television and online.
Also ignored — at least on the televised broadcast — were Can's Holger Czukay, Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart, Chicago drill icon Fredo Santana, France Gall and K-pop star Jonghyun (of group SHINee), all of whom weren't included in the three-minute segment.
A longer list of names, which included Gall, Hart, Czukay and Fredo, was published online by the Recording Academy last night (January 28). However, Mark E. Smith is absent from that list as well.
As Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich told Vanity Fair last year, the selection process for the "In Memoriam" segment is done by a committee of 12 to 13 people from the Recording Academy, who pick 50 names "primarily by musical influence."
You can find a complete list of last night's 2018 Grammy winners here.