Grammys 2022: In Memoriam leaves out Lata Mangeshkar, Bappi Lahiri
The Grammy Awards 2022, dubbed to be "music's biggest night," concluded on Sunday (Monday in India) in Las Vegas. Packed with some memorable performances and buzz-worthy moments, the live event was a hit. However, the 64th edition faltered nonetheless. The Grammys' "In Memoriam" segment failed to mention "Queen of Melody" Lata Mangeshkar and "Disco King" Bappi Lahiri. Both artists passed away in February.
- Before this, Mangeshkar and Lahiri were absent from the In Memoriam section at Oscars 2022 as well.
- Both have worked extensively in cinema with their music shaping the identities of numerous films.
- The exclusion is significant because, earlier, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had mentioned Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Bhanu Athaiya in its 2021 In Memoriam segment.
Every year, the Grammys pays tribute to musical legends who passed away recently. This time, late Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim was given a moving tribute with a live performance by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and Rachel Zegler. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and The Wanted crooner Tom Parker were also remembered. But the gawking absence of Mangeshkar and Lahiri upset many.
Known as the Nightingale of India, Mangeshkar died on February 6, 2022, due to multi-organ failure at age 92. Starting her career as a mere teenager, the legendary singer gloriously ruled for around eight decades in multiple music industries across the country. She was a recipient of Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award as well.
Everyone's beloved Bappi Da, on the other hand, passed away on February 15 at only 69 due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). The Disco King of Bollywood began working in the industry in 1973 with Nanha Shikari and never had to look back. Having worked in over 650 films for five decades, Lahiri enjoyed a huge fan following across the world.