Grammys 'In Memoriam': GWAR Singer & More Left Out, Jimmy Scott Widow "Heartbroken" Over Snub
The omissions of Oderus Urungus, the lead singer from multiple-Grammy-nominated GWAR, and Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison rankled with fans on Twitter.
Count Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese, Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, Memphis guitarist Teenie Hodges and former Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully among the many music luminaries omitted from the Grammys' "in memoriam" segment Sunday.
The omissions that rattled fans the most on Twitter were Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the lead singer from multiple-Grammy-nominated GWAR, and Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison.
Another was jazz singer and Grammy nominee Little Jimmy Scott, who died June 12 at the age of 88. His widow, Jeanie, is "heartbroken, distraught and Jimmy deserves better," said family friend and documentarian Storm Gardner.
The artists whose names appear on Grammy.com but did not make it on air included Grammy winner Joan Rivers; Grammy nominees Gerald Wilson, a trumpeter and bandleader, and Broadway actress-singer Elaine Stritch, bassist Tim Drummond, reggae singer John Holt, vocal ensemble leader Johnny Mann and folk singer Jean Redpath.
Musicians who made their careers in jazz were largely overlooked, chiefly Jackie Cain of Jackie & Roy, trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr., percussionist Milton Cardona, saxophonist Med Flory, guitarist Ronny Jordan, trumpeter/educator Charles Moore, drummer Idris Muhammad and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.
Also not making the cut were blues singer Alberta Adams, clarinetist Acker Bilk, legendary L.A. blues singer Micky Champion, Cuban bandleader and bassist Juan Formell, guitarist Jeff Golub, singing cowboy Herb Jeffries and soul singer Wendy Rene.
The Recording Academy did post a list of music-related people who had died since the 2014 ceremony.
The article first appeared on Billboard.com.