Fans on social media voiced their frustration in response to The Recording Academy’s selections for the Grammys‘ “In Memoriam” tribute on Sunday night. Popular artists the Grammys left out included Gangsta Boo, Lil Keed, as well as Aaron Carter, and more.
Gangsta Boo died at the age of 43, in early January. Authorities did not reveal a cause of death at first. However, TMZ reports that she was partying with her brother the previous night. It was then, she reportedly overdosed after taking cocaine laced with fentanyl.
“Leaving out Gangsta Boo, one of the pioneers of Southern female rap, from the GRAMMY memoriam segment is a sin and a shame,” one fan online argued. Another further wrote: “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop tonight and forgetting to include Gangsta Boo in the memorial video is disrespectful af.”
They had been referencing the star-studded performance put on in honor of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. During the tribute, over 30 of the biggest names in hip-hop took the stage to perform songs from throughout the genre’s history. Among the most notable names were Big Boi, Busta Rhymes, Lil Baby, Run-DMC, as well as Salt-N-Pepa, and many more. LL Cool J hosted the performance while Questlove directed and co-produced it.
Other artists to be left off included Aaron Carter. The late pop star died at age 34 in November 2022. “Since the #GRAMMYs FORGOT them in the in memoriam, just another Rest in Peace to Taylor Hawkins & Aaron Carter,” one fan tweeted. In addition to Carter, there was also no mention of Lil Keed, who died at 24 years old in May 2022 of eosinophilia.
As for artists who were honored during the night, Quavo paid special tribute to his late Migos partner Takeoff. He performed his track, “Without You,” while backed by a gospel choir. Check out responses to the Grammys’ “In Memoriam” tribute on Twitter below.