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Last year, the world lost David Bowie. This, however, did not stop or prevent the legend from winning four GRAMMYs this past weekend at the 59th GRAMMY Award ceremony. Bowie won awards for his album Blackstar, including Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance and Best Engineered Non-Classical Album.
When an artist wins an award posthumously, the show will usually get a family member, close friend or someone in relation to the artist to accept the award. For Bowie, however, the Academy failed to find someone, thus forcing electronic duo The Chainsmokers to accept the award on his behalf. This made Bowie fans livid, and left them with a feeling of disrespect. many questioned why the academy couldn’t find another rock artist, family member or close friend to accept on Bowie’s behalf.
Fans took to Twitter to express their frustration:
The Chainsmokers just accepted an award on behalf of David Bowie, if you needed another reason to believe life is a sick joke
— Austin Gebbia (@DearMorni) February 13, 2017
WAIT THE CHAINSMOKERS JUST ACCEPTED A GRAMMY FOR DAVID BOWIE pic.twitter.com/utYWhDJYYq
— nice young lady (@CoolNEGuy) February 13, 2017
The Chainsmokers should not be allowed to touch David Bowie’s Grammy award #GRAMMYs
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) February 13, 2017
Me when I found out The Chainsmokers accepted David Bowie’s Grammy on his behalf pic.twitter.com/36ODRZ6Aug
— Benedict Townsend (@BenedictTown) February 13, 2017
The Chainsmokers are accepting an award on behalf of David Bowie this is why the Grammys suck UGH *SLAMS DOOR*
— Zoe Camp (@jzcamp) February 13, 2017
Another bad look for the GRAMMYs, but who’s surprised at this point!?