This week, Marilyn Manson lost out on one of the two Grammy nominations he initially received for his work on Donda, Kanye West’s latest album.
West, the hip-hop artist who recently changed his legal name to just Ye, has served as Manson’s only portal to the public eye in 2021. The rock singer has otherwise kept a low profile since multiple women publicly accused him of sexual and other types of abuse beginning in February, sparked by an allegation from one of his former fiancées, actress Evan Rachel Wood. He’s now facing several lawsuits related to the horrific accusations and is currently being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
But the Recording Academy hasn’t removed Manson’s eligibility for any reason listed above. Only because of a clerical recalibration, it would seem. That’s what The New York Times reported on Thursday (Dec. 2). Since the nominations for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards arrived last week, the Academy has made various changes to the details of them, such as correcting misspellings and confirming the songwriters.
That means Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, will no longer be listed among the writers for Ye’s Donda track “Jail” — which is nominated for Best Rap Song — since his name has been removed from the tune’s official credits. Manson’s vocals appear on Donda on another version of the track, “Jail, Pt. 2,” which still contains his credit but is not a nominated song.
However, Donda is also nominated for Album of the Year at the 2022 Grammys, so Manson gets to keep his name on that nomination as a featured artist and songwriter.
The Grammy Awards last week defended the decision to keep Manson’s name on nominations relayed to Ye. “We’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on,” Grammys CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said.
The Grammys air Jan. 31, 2022, on CBS from L.A.’s Crypto.com Arena. It will also stream on Paramount+.
Timeline of Abuse Allegations Against Marilyn Manson
Since actress Evan Rachel Wood first publicly accused Marilyn Manson of sexual abuse in February 2021, similar allegations by others against the musician have also surfaced. Below is a timeline of the developments that have unfolded so far, beginning with Wood’s 2018 testimony that disclosed her alleged abuse but had yet to name an abuser.