The Grammy Awards are always an emotional night, and this year was no exception. The In Memoriam segment paid tribute to some of the most legendary names in music, but one name was shockingly left off the list: Aaron Carter.
Aaron Carter was a pop music icon, with his hits “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq” making it to the Billboard Top 100. His fans were outraged when his name was not included in the In Memoriam segment, and his mother Melanie Martin spoke out about the apparent mistake, saying it was a slap in the face to Aaron’s legacy and his son.
The Academy was criticized for the omission, with fans taking to social media to express their disappointment. While Aaron never won or was nominated for a Grammy, his music certainly left a mark on the industry.
The tribute included performances from Sheryl Crowe, Kacey Musgraves and Quavo, as well as honoring artists such as Loretta Lynn, David Crosby, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Bobby Rydell, Naomi Judd, Lisa Marie Presley, and Olivia Newton John.
Aaron Carter was found dead in his bathtub in November, but the L.A. County Coroner’s Office is still waiting on the results of the toxicology report to determine an official cause of death.
Aaron’s fans are still hoping that The Academy will recognize his legacy and make it up to him in some way, whether it be at next year’s show or in some other way. Aaron Carter’s music is still remembered, and his fans are still hoping he will be honored in the way he deserves.