The Grammy Awards have fallen victim to the latest racial bean-counting, as "industry insiders" are complaining about a planned "all-white" tribute lineup:
During Monday’s telecast, Lady Gaga will perform an eight-minute David Bowie tribute, Jackson Browne will honor Glenn Frey and Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp are expected to perform a tribute for Lemmy from Motörhead.
But industry insiders are griping that White, of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and Natalie Cole have been banished to a video tribute package with others who died in the past year.
“Over the last week or so, since Maurice White passed away, there has been back and forth with the producers and the Academy about some kind of representation of him during the show. The tributes they’ve confirmed are all white. As of yesterday, there was no tribute at all for Maurice because Grammy producers said they didn’t have time,” one insider told Page Six.
Another Grammy insider said they are trying to figure out how to add more diversity to the show:
“Maurice White and the group he founded had unprecedented impact on pop culture. After a lot of pressure, producers are trying to figure out how to properly pay tribute to him. It’s still in limbo.”
Adding fuel to the fire: Run-DMC is set to receive a lifetime achievement award, but it won't be included in the televised broadcast.
“People are afraid to speak on it because it’s the Grammys. But there’s a history of them not acknowledging black artists,” the first source added.
On the other hand, although "rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the Grammy nominations with 11 nods, the show still faces accusations of not doing a good enough job of honoring artists of color."