Rap didn't give a fuck about a goddamn Grammy
Nowadays you're likely to see rappers grinning and holding Grammy awards like they're holy artifacts (holy artifacts that you can drink D'ussé out of, sure, but still). But why? The rap awards still aren't presented during the main ceremony, which rarely yields performances of the nominated songs. The Grammys are still as fundamentally wrong as they've ever been about rap, and yet, they're cared-about and touted as achievements. Rappers didn't always used to care about Grammys. Hell, even Will Smith—not exactly known as the most hard-edged figure in hip-hop—protested the award ceremony. Rappers didn't always want Grammys, or give a shit about winning one, either. And until the Grammys treat rap with the respect it deserves, they still shouldn't (and even then, it's up for question).