Not cool, Grammys! Joan Rivers was very notably absent from the broadcast’s in memoriam segment and now, the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has got some hell to pay!
Doesn’t the Grammys know better than to diss a fallen diva? At the 57th Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, the late great Joan Rivers won a posthumous award for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio recording of her book Diary of a Mad Diva. Because of this, when she was omitted from the show’s in memoriam segment later in the evening, the oversight was all the more insulting! So, why exactly was the Grammy winner not included?
Joan Rivers Dissed At Grammys
The world is still reeling from the tragic death of Joan, late last year.
You’d think, following a Grammy nomination (and what would ultimately be a Grammy win), including the comedienne in the annual in memoriam segment of the Grammys telecast would be a no brainer.
Joan was nowhere to be found. Upon receiving backlash, Neil R. Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, issued a statement to justify the decision.
“We lost over 300 people in our industry this year, so it’s a very difficult decision,” Neil said following the broadcast. He also said that, though there were so many passings in the music industry this year, the segment only has room for about 40 names, making the selection process a grueling one.
“We love Joan, though,” Neil was sure to add. Hm, cue some serious side eye.
Joan ‘Loved Getting Anything’
Joan’s category was announced before the official broadcast and, to accept her award was her daughter Melissa Rivers.
“My mother would be absolutely thrilled to be here,” said Melissa as she accepted the honor on behalf of her mother. “She loved getting anything– if she thought she could get something at a Waffle House in Secaucus, she would be there.”
Hilarious, and just a tiny bit mean– just like Joan!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Joan have been included?
— Casey Mink