After the Oscars, the Grammy Awards also omitted legendary Indian playback singer Lata Mangeshkar from the In Memoriam section during the ceremony. The Academy Awards’ In Memoriam section was also missing the Nightingale of India’s name, which left her fans upset. The 2022 Grammys’ In Memoriam section paid tribute to songs by the late Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, performed by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and Rachel Zegler. Taylor Hawkins and Tom Parker were also remembered.
Lata, along with late singer-composer Bappi Lahiri, did get a mention on the Grammys’ website, even if they were missing during the ceremony itself. The Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organises and gives out Oscars, forgot to mention the late thespian Dilip Kumar as well in the In Memoriam section. Both Lata and Dilip have significantly contributed to Indian cinema by giving us timeless works of film and music, something the fans say the organisation ignored.
It was particularly noticeable because, earlier, the Academy had featured Irrfan Khan, Bhanu Athaiya, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Rishi Kapoor in its In Memoriam section.
The career of Lata, who died on February 6, 2022, began as a playback singer and spanned more than 70 years, almost the entire history of independent India. She has left behind a treasure trove of songs vocalised in her mellifluous voice.
Her fans are livid on social media sites. One wrote on Twitter, "lata Mangeshkar wasn’t in the tribute? disappointed but not surprised."# GRAMMYs
One other wrote, "Such a shame @RecordingAcad failed to recognize Indian legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away last year."# GRAMMYs
One tweeted, "So both the Oscars and the Grammys failed to honor the late great Lata Mangeshkar in their respective memoriam segments." That’s a shame. # GrammyAwards # Oscars
Lata was the recipient of the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan, and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Her solos and immortal duets with Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, and Mukesh, along with a legion of other prominent Indian singers, are among Hindi cinema's most memorable songs. Delhi News 1 Delhi.
Lata Mangeshkar recorded her last song, "Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki," which was composed by Mayuresh Pai, as a tribute to the Indian Army and nation. It was released on March 30, 2019.