Kanye Rails Against the GRAMMYs Over His Lack of Nominations, Again
By Shannon Carlin
Kanye West isn’t happy with the National Recording Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and their choice of nominees for this year’s GRAMMYs, again. And after letting the noms sink in a little — four days to be exact — West decided to give them a piece of his mind.
Kanye received two nominations — Best Rap Album for Yeezus and Best Rap Song for “New Slaves” — but last night (Dec. 10) in Phoenix, Arizona, he decided to ask, why wasn’t he given more?
“Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list,” he told the crowd. “But only gets two nominations from the GRAMMYs. What are they trying to say?”
In an audio clip captured by the Phoenix radio station, Live 101.5 (a Radio.com station), Kanye also mentions, “I’m 36 years old and I have 21 GRAMMYs. Out of all those 21 GRAMMYs I’ve never won a GRAMMY against a white artist.”
This a common talking point for Kanye, who last year spoke out against the GRAMMYs. “18 GRAMMYs, all in the black categories but 18 GRAMMYs…”
Over his nearly decade-long career Kanye has received 53 nominations for his seven albums, which puts him at No. 5 on the list of most nominated artists. With 21 wins he’sputting him at No. 6 on the list of all-time winners. Classical conductor Georg Solti, who died in 1997, holds the record at 31.
Kanye has talked about his desire to one day win Album of the Year, an award he has been nominated for five times with three of his own records — 2004’s The College Dropout, 2005’s Late Registration and 2007’s Graduation — and two for albums he produced — Alicia Keys’ 2003 album, The Diary of Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey’s 2005 album, Emancipation of Mimi.
In an interview with the New York Times from this past summer, ‘Ye talked about stepping up his game after working with Rick Rubin, who has won Album of the Year twice for his work with the Dixie Chicks and Adele.
“I want to say that after working with Rick [Rubin], it humbled me to realize why I — even though I produced Watch the Throne; even though I produced Dark Fantasy — why I hadn’t won Album of the Year yet,” he told the paper.
Luckily, Kanye will get another chance to rack up GRAMMY noms. The rapper is already taking about his follow-up to Yeezus, which is set to be produced by Rubin and Q-Tip. Kanye says it will be just eight songs and will be comparable to Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 album Born in the U.S.A.
Watch the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.