ET spoke with recording Academy President Neil Portnow ahead of the show, where he talked about the "difficult process" of deciding who would be included in this year's In Memoriam segment.
"We're losing between five and six hundred people who are in this industry every year, and like everything else in the Academy, we have a process. So we'll try to have a mix [of] representation, diversity from different genres and different occupations within the industry," he said.
"The Academy really represents the industry as a whole," GRAMMY Awards excecutive producer Ken Ehrlich added. "Our In Memoriam does include certain [people who worked behind the scenes]. We think it's right. This is as important to the process as a guy who stands in front of the microphone and sings."