These Are the Rappers Who Should Win Grammys This Year

Correcting what the Grammys will get wrong.

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The Grammys are out of touch more times than not. The hip-hop community was up in arms last year when Macklemore beat out Kendrick for best rap album. Will Smith boycotted the event in 1989 because the Grammys didn't televise the Rap portion of the show. And this year, Public Enemy No. 1 is Iggy Azalea​. Her singles "Fancy" and "Black Widow" were monsters in their own right, and more than likely got on Grammy voters' radar after they heard their kids jamming to them.

The people who come up with these nominations don’t have their ears to the streets. They go with what’s getting radio play, and it’s detrimental to how the masses view rap. The art form is no longer a fad that shouldn’t be televised at award shows, and the Grammys might reflect that if the committee had voters who were younger and more in tune with the music.

Rap isn't the only category the prestigious award show gets wrong, but it does seem to be the one most consistently botched. Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP2 came and went, yet it has multiple nominations this year. We have no clue why Common's Nobody's Smiling has multiple nominations, either, or why there are six Album of the Year nominations. The New Classic and Blacc Hollywood? Seriously? "We Dem Boyz" was good but, Jesus, let's settle down here.

However, one thing we can thank Macklemore for is the acceptance of indie artists in this category. Childish Gambino has multiple nominations, and so does Lecrae. Run the Jewels for album of the year 2015! Check out our picks as we try to fix the Grammys' Rap category. We hope they listen.

*All picks are based on the Grammy eligibility timeframe: Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014*

Angel Diaz is a staff writer for Complex Media. Follow him @ADiaz456.

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