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Last Friday, the Grammys announced their nominations for 2013. Kanye West, who has had an impressive 2013 thus far, was only nominated for two awards: Best Rap Album for Yeezus and Best Rap Song for "New Slaves." Anyone who knows Kanye knows that this was not going to sit well with him, and last night he spoke out about it.
On stage in Phoenix during his Yeezus tour stop last night, Kanye spoke about the lack of nominations as part of his regular "visionary stream of consciousness." "And Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list," Kanye said. "But only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say?"
From this quote, it's clear that Kanye is cognizant of the fact that Yeezus has received top marks from most publications as part of their year-end lists that are making rounds. Complex ranked Yeezus as the best album of 2013 and "New Slaves" as the best song of 2013. But clearly the lists have not corresponded to Grammys. This is likely not going to be the last time Kanye speaks on the awards before the results are announced in February.
This is not the first time he has spoken out about the award show. He boycotted the 2013 Grammys after vowing to do so during a concert one year ago.
[via MTV News]
UPDATED: Full video of Kanye's comments about the Grammys are now online. Kanye said:
"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. 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, someway, I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment? But no, no. Only positive energy, 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. And people come to me and congratulate me on those two nominations. F*CK THOSE NOMINATIONS!"
Kanye also makes it a point to say that he is trying to be "the first Kanye West" and not necessarily "the next Steve Jobs."
[via Miss Info]
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