The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards paid tribute to a number of artists who passed away over the last year including DOOM, Pop Smoke, Whodini’s John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals and Chick Corea.
When it came time to acknowledge DOOM, who died in October last year, a full two months before his wife Jasmine shared the news, fans noticed that the rapper and producer’s name wasn’t stylised in all caps – and they weren’t happy about it.
On Madvillian’s (Madlib and MF DOOM) 2004 track ‘All Caps’, DOOM made it clear his preference was that his stage name be written in all capital letters. “It’s ugly, like look at you, it’s a damn shame/ Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man name,” he rapped on the track.
“Huge respect to the Grammys for doing that MF DOOM tribute. I wish they put his name in all caps tho, it’s literally his signature,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another added: “It would have been so easy to pay tribute properly, and shit like this is why I don’t take these award shows seriously. All caps when you spell the man’s name.”
Huge respect to the Grammys for doing that MF DOOM tribute. I wish they put his name in all caps tho, it’s literally his signature
— SK⚡️ (@raptalksk) March 15, 2021
It would have been so easy to pay tribute properly, and shit like this is why I don’t take these award shows seriously. All caps when you spell the man’s name. pic.twitter.com/hcugdDmKPL
— Red Flag (@RedFlagNYC) March 15, 2021
“The People in charge of the grammys are old white men lol his name not being all caps shouldn’t be a surprise,” a third wrote. See more reactions below.
The People in charge of the grammys are old white men lol his name not being all caps shouldn’t be a surprise
— yo (@schmlifkank7) March 15, 2021
THEY DIDNT ALL CAPS MF DOOM
— æon. (@flyingmolotov) March 15, 2021
ALL CAPS WHEN YOU SPELL THE MAN’S NAME https://t.co/MNUyPIedPR
— SPIRAL CURSE DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) March 15, 2021
I can’t believe the Grammies didn’t All Caps MF DOOM. Disastrous.
— Mr. F (@JForma) March 15, 2021
this needed to be in ALL CAPS https://t.co/j38YxjjDfm
— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) March 15, 2021
All caps when you spell the mans name.
Rest in Power to the best villain, MF DOOM. https://t.co/U0cDfKoGWE
— Chris | BLM ✊🏽 (@_Chiildish) March 15, 2021
not in all caps😕 pic.twitter.com/t5xzr5SKST
— Owen🗣🤞💫💤 (@theyhateowen) March 15, 2021
All caps man cmon https://t.co/9eVArU2kVp
— MASTER NELSON 🏴🚩 (@MASTERNELSON03) March 15, 2021
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