A week after the Oscars, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards also omitted legendary Indian playback singer Lata Mangeshkar in the ‘In Memoriam’ section during the ceremony held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Grammys’ 2022 In Memoriam section paid their heartfelt tribute to songs by the late Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, performed by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr, Ben Platt, and Rachel Zegler. Taylor Hawkins and Tom Parker were also honored.
Lata Mangeshkar, lovingly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, passed away on January 6 due to multiple organ failure aged 92.
The fans took to Twitter to criticize the Recording Academy, the institution that conducts Hollywood’s biggest musical awards night.
A user wrote: “A little unrelated, but when they were paying tributes to artists who passed away this year and there was no mention of Lata Mangeshkar- India’s most loved singer, it all felt so futile and insignificant. These shows have no regard for ‘global’ music- only American.”
“Grammy’s s*** for not including Lata Mangeshkar for the Memoriam section. she’s one of the most iconic voices to ever grace this earth. just proves once again how isolated the Grammys are and how they fail to include legendary voices known by billions. yes, billions,” said another.
A fan said he feels sad that “Lata Mangeshkar wasn’t mentioned once”.