Kendrick Lamar just won two Grammys, for "i," the year's Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. I like "i," but c'mon, let's indulge some honesty: Drake's "0-100," which was also nominated, was the best rap song of 2014. Drake's "0-100" is even better than Kendrick's "Swimming Pools," I'd argue. There, I said it.
Kendrick Lamar deserves all the Grammys. He just didn't deserve one for "i."
No hard feelings, I guess. Let's just accept Kendrick's double-whammy as the Grammy Award committee's quiet, bashful concession that last year they fucked hip-hop over.
In fairness, last year's good kid, m.A.A.d city snub (in favor of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' The Heist) wasn't some extraordinary faux pas; it was a snub very much in the tradition of an awards ceremony that fucks hip-hop over every year. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences doesn't care about hip-hop, or about music in general; it cares about marketing via pomp and prestige.
"The musicality of tonight is quite extraordinary," National Academy president Neil Portnow told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet just a few minutes ago, sounding kinda like a dumbass.
Kendrick won a Grammy for "i" for the same reason that Denzel won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2001 for Training Day, despite a prior decade of superior performances in superior films, most notably Malcolm X. Racism is one theory of all such nonsense, but alternatively, I'd argue that Baby Boomers have shitty, withering taste in commercial art, which accounts for so many Baby Boomers enjoying (e.g.) Josh Groban and NCIS.
Remember the 2007 Grammys, when the first Lupe album and T.I.'s King lost best rap album to Ludacris' Release Therapy? Shit is ri-dic-u-lous.
These award shows are an infuriating spiral of inbred taste and poor foresight. At this rate, Young Thug is gonna win a Grammy in 2020 for some middling comeback single that's 100x less amazing than "About the Money." Iggy Azalea will be hosting that ceremony, of course. Don't bother watching.
Justin Charity is a staff writer for Complex. Follow him at @brothernumpsa.