By John Ikani
“Dear Mama,” the docuseries paying homage to the late rapper Tupac Shakur, might etch the artist’s name in Grammy history posthumously, as it has secured nomination in the prestigious Best Music Film category.
Spanning five episodes, the FX/Hulu production intimately explores the dynamic between the late artist and his mother, the formidable Black Panther activist Afeni Shakur, who passed away in 2016.
Should Tupac emerge victorious, it would signify a posthumous Grammy win—the first for the influential rapper, notes the Daily Mail.
Also competing for the Best Music Film title are Lewis Capaldi’s “How I’m Feeling Now” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Live From Paris, the Big Steppers Tour.”
This category, dedicated to concert/performance films or music documentaries, extends recognition not only to the artist but also to the video director and producer, per the Recording Academy’s criteria.
The winner is set to be unveiled during the Grammy ceremonies slated for February 5, 2024.
Tupac’s recent Grammy nomination aligns with a resurgence of interest in the unsolved mystery surrounding his murder.
Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis, aged 60, has recently faced arrest in connection with Tupac’s tragic death in September 1996.
Investigators clarify that Davis, a self-described gangster, did not pull the trigger leading to the demise of the 25-year-old rapper.
Instead, prosecutors argue that Davis orchestrated the hit on Tupac in Las Vegas following a heated encounter involving Tupac, producer Suge Knight, and members of Davis’s entourage after the Mike Tyson bout.
Despite pleading not guilty to the murder charges, Davis had previously confessed to his involvement in the killing in his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend.”
Facing a grand jury indictment on one count of murder with a deadly weapon, coupled with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity, Davis could face an additional 20 years if convicted. The 60-year-old will remain in custody until his trial, scheduled for June 3, 2024.