Kanye West isn’t exactly happy with his recent Grammy nominations.
Although Yeezus is in the running for best rap album and the single “New Slaves” earned a nod for best rap song, West isn’t happy about the potential honors. In his opinion, his latest batch of tunes should have received a nomination for album of the year. Since he’s deeply disappointed, the rapper let everyone know how he feels.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Kanye West shared his thoughts and feelings with the folks who attended his show in Phoenix on Tuesday evening. In his humble opinion, Yeezus really got the short end of the musical stick this year. Not surprisingly, he’s not very happy about the snub.
“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. Now let’s bring it back to Michael Jackson days when he couldn’t get his video played because he was considered to be urban,” West said.
The very unhappy rapper continued, “So when the Grammy nominations come out, 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, some way, that I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment?”
To his credit, Kanye West delivered an incredibly unique and powerful album with Yeezus. Instead of giving the guy credit, the Grammy committee decided to give nods to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, Taylor Swift, and Sara Bareilles.
Although he has every reason to get a little upset about the situation, West decided to dial it back a bit. The rapper wanted to put out only “positive energy” and “positive vibes,” though he’s still very upset that his musical effort got snubbed this year.
“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 in front of you,” he added.
West’s final thoughts on the subject: “People come to me and congratulate me on those two nominations. F*** those nominations! It’s only patronizing. Don’t patronize me.”
Do you think Kanye West’s album Yeezus got snubbed by the Grammys this year?