Wed 11 Dec 2013
It’s not like the Grammys has ever been particularly welcoming to hip-hop (it’s 2013 and they’re still not broadcasting the rap categories on TV. C’mon, son), but there’s one particularly glaring omission from the Album of the Year category this year: Kanye West’s Yeezus. Despite being nominated for Rap Album of the Year, the record that has ranked highly, if not topped, year-end lists across music publications and websites (not just rap ones, either) has been snubbed for the biggest prize of all. And how does Kanye feel about that?
“And Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list. But only gets two nominations from the Grammys,” he told the crowd during one of his (in)famous rants at a show in Phoenix last night. “What are they trying to say?”
UPDATE: Extended footage added via RealTalkNY.
Watch after the jump…
via Kiss FM Phoenix
I’m 36-years-old and I have 21 Grammys. That’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old. Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist. And Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list. But only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice? Do they think that, someway, I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment? But no, no. Only positive energy, only positive vibes. But when you see me talking about what people are doing when I say “marginalized,” when I say “boxed in,” when I say “hold back,” when I say people are afraid of the truth, that’s one example right there in front of you. And people come to me and congratulate me on those two nominations. F*CK THOSE NOMINATIONS!