Fans Irate After Naya Rivera Excluded from Televised Grammys ‘In Memoriam’

An overwhelming number of social media users are calling out the Grammys for excluding the late Naya Rivera from their televised “In Memoriam” segment.

During Sunday’s broadcast of the 2021 Grammy Awards, the ceremony held a tribute to artists and industry professionals who sadly passed away this year and last.

While the “Glee” actress was included on the Grammy’s website, she was noticeably absent from the telecast.

Immediately after the snub, fans flocked to social media to voice their disapproval.

“Naya rivera being left out of the in memoriam ... it’s not sitting right with me,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Im sorry ummm ? im just confused why didnt they show naya rivera ??” a commenter said.

“What about naya rivera @RecordingAcad? one of our most terrible losses this year. It doesn’t matter if she didn’t have a solo musical career of her own, she made history through ‘glee.’ you don’t find a voice like hers anywhere, she was unique. her covers were bigger than many,” another added.

Aside from acting, Rivera — who drowned July 8, 2020, while boating — was also a recording artist who released the 2013 song “Sorry.”

As part of the “Glee” cast, she was nominated for numerous Grammys, including Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2011, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2012.

Prior to the ceremony, the Recording Academy, the organization who presents the Grammys every year, said the televised show would “feature an In Memoriam segment highlighting some of these individuals via a video tribute, and all of these individuals who died prior to its print date are included in the official 63rd GRAMMY Awards program book.”

“The Recording Academy salutes each individual for their respective talents and contributions to our culture and community,” they added.

Some of the late stars honored during Sunday’s telecast include Little Richard, Eddie Van Halen, Charley Pride, Bill Withers, and Kenny Rogers.


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