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Tupac Shakur Receives Grammy Nomination Three Decades After His Passing
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Tupac Shakur Receives Grammy Nomination Three Decades After His Passing

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Tupac Shakur is potentially on track to posthumously receive a Grammy Award. The late rapper, who tragically lost his life in a shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, emerged as one of the three posthumous nominees announced last week in the Best Music Film category.

Shakur has earned recognition for the FX five-part docuseries “Dear Mama,” named after his 1995 single of the same title. Directed by Allen Hughes, the docuseries delves into the lives of the deceased musical artist and his late activist mother, Afeni Shakur, currently available for streaming on Hulu.

In the Grammy race, Shakur faces competition from two other posthumous contenders: David Bowie for “Moonage Daydream” and Little Richard for “I Am Everything”. Bowie succumbed to cancer in 2016, while Little Richard, who had been vocal about never receiving a Grammy during his lifetime, passed away in 2020 from cancer-related causes.

Additional nominees include Lewis Capaldi for “How I’m Feeling Now” and Kendrick Lamar for “Live From Paris, the Big Steppers Tour.” The Recording Academy defines the best music film Grammy as awarded for concert/performance films or music documentaries, acknowledging the artist, video director, and video producer.

Shakur’s nomination coincides with renewed attention on his murder case. “Keffe D” (Duane Keith Davis), a figure connected to the case, was recently arrested and has pleaded not guilty. This development follows decades of calls for accountability in the investigation into Shakur’s death.

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About Director Allen Hughes

ALLEN HUGHES is a filmmaker and documentarian rivaled by few, whose canon of work is as electrifying and entertaining as it is challenging and increasingly urgent. Allen’s major leap into the entertainment industry came with his and twin brother Albert’s jolting debut as the 20-year-old creators/directors of Menace II Society.  Allen and his brother went on to become successful music video directors for artists including NWA, Digital Underground and Tupac Shakur, followed by a career as a solo director of feature films and documentaries, including the critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentary, The Defiant Ones, for HBO. Allen is executive producer and director of the HBO docu-series based on the life of Tupac Shakur.

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