Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has lost one of his 2022 Grammy nominations, but not for the reason you might think.
Manson initially received two nominations for his participation on Kanye West’s album Donda, including one for “Best Rap Song” for the track “Jail.” However, according to a report from the New York Times and confirmed by the Recording Academy, Manson had been removed from the track’s songwriting credits and is no longer eligible for the nomination.
He is still nominated for “Album Of The Year” for Donda, as he remains listed in the songwriting credits for “Jail Pt. 2.”
The Recording Academy received some backlash upon the announcement of the 2022 nomination list due to the inclusion of Manson and disgraced comedian Louis C.K. In a statement last month, CEO Harvey Mason Jr. defended the Academy’s decision, saying,
“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration. We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit for consideration.
What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We’ll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our decisions at that point. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, is currently facing several lawsuits from women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by the musician between 2009 and 2011, including from actress Esme Bianco and model Ashley Morgan Smithline. On Monday, a search warrant was granted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and his West Hollywood home was raided by the Special Victims Unit in connection with the lawsuits.
Warner continues to deny the allegations being made against him, writing on Instagram,
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
In July, Warner had turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department on an arrest warrant stemming from an assault allegation from a New Hampshire videographer who claims he spit on and launched snot at her during a concert she was hired to film. He was released on personal recognizance bail. Warner denies he did anything wrong, claiming that the videographer consented to his shenanigans by being at the show.
A lawsuit from an unidentified woman was dismissed in September due to a lapsed statute of limitations and questionably repressed memories. That suit was amended and refiled a week later.