Hip Hop Snubbed at Grammy Awards
The 52nd annual Grammys were on last night, January 31st, 2010. During a four hour long show, most of the Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B categories were not shown on air. They were instead given the award off camera. Some rappers chose not to attend the show because of this ridiculous gesture. While there were several performances in these categories by Beyonce, Drake, Lil Wayne, and Eminem, not allowing these artists to receive awards on the show was a huge snub to the Hip Hop culture in general. While both in attendance, neither Jay-Z nor Eminem were able to accept their awards. Jay-Z won Best Rap Solo Performance for “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”. Eminem won Best Rap Performance By A Duo for “Crack A Bottle” featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
Jay-Z did accept his award for Best Rap/Sung collaboration with Rihanna for “Run This Town”. Which brings up another point. Kanye West had six Grammy nominations and was nowhere to be found. Most sources are saying that he was not even invited to the Grammys. One of the main performances that people tuned in for, “Forever” by Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem was obviously lacking without him. When Kanye won for Best Rap Song along with Jay-Z and Rihanna the scattered clapping that followed when they thanked Kanye was saddening. Honestly, if the government can get over Congressman Joe Wilson yelling out, “You lie!” and allow him to attend the State of the Union address, Kanye West should be allowed to attend a simple awards show.
What do you think? Were the Grammys right in not inviting Kanye? Should he have gone even if he had a choice?