Beloved musicians who died over the past year were honored during the 2020 Grammy Awards — but an unfortunate spelling snafu stole attention from the tribute.
On Sunday, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue united for a touching tribute to artists such as Ric Ocasek, Peter Tork and Nipsey Hussle, who won two posthumous Grammys and was nominated for a third earlier in the night.
Photos of late stars include Doris Day, Diahann Carroll, Eddie Money and Rush drummer Neil Peart graced the screen alongside their names as a medley of various songs played.
Once all the photos were presented, Shorty and the band took the stage for an energetic performance.
Still, much of the attention from viewers was focused on an unfortunate spelling error, as Ocasek’s first name was misspelled as “Rick” during the segment.
“HOW Y’ALL GONNA MISSPELL RIC OCASEK’S NAME??! #GRAMMYs ,” one user wrote on Twitter.
HOW Y’ALL GONNA MISSPELL RIC OCASEK’S NAME??! #GRAMMYs
— 𝚛𝚡𝚜𝚝𝚛 (@RoxStar) January 27, 2020
Another wrote that the typo showed “such a lack of respect,” while others still called on the Grammys to hire a copy editor.
“Dear #Grammy: His name is RIC Ocasek, not RICK. How about hiring a copy editor?!
@RecordingAcad,” one user wrote.