Last month, it was revealed that shock rocker Marilyn Manson was nominated for two Grammy awards, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Rap Song,’ due to his collaboration with rapper Kanye West. Now, it’s come out that Manson’s nomination for ‘Best Rap Song’ has been revoked.
As reported by The New York Times, a recent revision of the 2022 Grammy nominees has removed Manson fro the category. The reasoning is that although the singer is credited as one of the writers on Kanye West’s “Jail, Pt 2,” he is not listed among the writers on the most current version of the album.
It is being made repeatedly clear that Manson’s loss of nomination was not due to the public outcry against him being nominated in the light of the growing stack of sexual assault allegations against him. In February of this year, Manson was formally accused of abuse by his former girlfriend, actor Evan Rachael Wood. In the aftermath of this, Manson was also dropped by his label and accused of sexual assault by a former personal assistant,
But Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. told The Wrap that his organization “won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration. We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit for consideration.
“What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets,” he continued. “We’ll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our decisions at that point. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”
Words by Chris Krovatin