The Recording Academy is in hot water.
Many were displeased Sunday night when, in a Memoriam to the late Virgil Abloh, the Academy decided to label Abloh as a “Hip Hop Fashion Designer”.
Fans quickly took to social media to criticize the Recording Academy for—what they felt—diminishing Abloh’s legacy, despite all he accomplished prior to his passing in 2021.
i’m not even a big virgil abloh guy but calling him a “hip-hop fashion designer” is wild disrespectful
— 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙣𝙚𝙧 (@grantrindner) April 4, 2022
Honoring Virgil Abloh at the Grammys wasn’t the problem. The downfall of the Grammy’s shoutout was that the Recording Academy reduced the cultural pioneer to a “Hip Hop Fashion Designer”. #ESSENCE https://t.co/8hw6z3Jhpz
— ESSENCE (@Essence) April 4, 2022
Abloh made history back in 2018 after becoming the first Black designer appointed as the men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Prior to his LV career move, Abloh got his start as an intern at Fendi alongside rapper and soon-turned friend Kanye West.
West recruited Abloh to design the cover of his collaboration album with Kanye West, “Watch the Throne” and the fashion mogul’s career began to take off.
Although Abloh had many ties to the Hip-Hop space, the designer also worked with Nike and founded the Italian luxury brand, “Off-White”.