Kanye West Goes Off on the Grammys & Yeah, We'd Say He Sounds Upset
Now, Kanye West is saying that he doesn't care that Yeezus was only nominated for two Grammys this year, but does he mean that? I'm a little doubtful. I mean, I would believe him if he said, like, "Hey, I don't care that my album was only nominated for two Grammys because I am proud of what I have achieved as an artist in this business and I have enough self-assurance and grace to take this respectfully and be happy for the artists who were nominated in other categories," but that is not what he said at all. Not even close. Instead, this is what he said: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kanye West ranted about the Grammys at a show in Phoenix, clearly up in arms over the fact that, while Yeezus was nominated for Best Rap Album and his song "New Slaves" was nominated for Best Rap Song, Yeezus was not nominated for Album of the Year.
"I’m 36 years old and I have 21 Grammys — that’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old," he said. "Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist," West said during the show. "So when the Grammys 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?"
He might be.
"But no, no; Only positive energy [and] 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," he continued. "People come to me and congratulate me on those two nominations. Fuck those nominations!"
Of course, it couldn't possibly be because Yeezus was sort of an uneven album and not deserving of Best Album of the Year over Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, or even Best Rap Album over Drake's Nothing Was The Same — it's definitely because the Grammys don't realize Kanye's power. I'm sure that's it. You show them, Kanye.
Check out video footage of the rant below.