This year’s Grammy nominations caused a stir when comedians Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle, rapper DaBaby and musician Marilyn Manson were all nominated. This year alone, Manson was accused of sexual abuse by many women. Today, Manson was removed from the Best Rap Song category, according to the New York Times, which was for his contribution as a credited songwriter and featured artist on Kanye West’s Donda.
Manson was nominated twice for the 2022 Grammys, and was listed on West’s track “Jail.” Manson joined West alongside DaBaby on both West’s album released this year and at the Donda rapper’s Chicago listening event around the time of its release. Because of recent Grammy rule changes, all songwriters who worked on Donda were included in the nominations. Manson is credited as a songwriter on “Jail, Pt. 2” but not on the actual track on Donda, “Jail.” Manson is still nominated as a contributor to Donda.
“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said following the Grammy nominations announcement. “We won’t look back at people’s history; we won’t look at their criminal record.”
The shock rocker still faces four additional lawsuits, including from Game of Thrones star Esme Blanco and Ashley Morgan Smithline. Earlier this year, Manson was accused of years of abuse by Evan Rachel Wood but has maintained his innocence.