At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” snagged the award for best female video. During the singer’s acceptance speech, though, Kanye West took the microphone from her hand, told her he would let her finish, and insisted that Beyoncé‘s “Single Ladies” video was one of the best videos of all time. Bey’s video, for the record, took home best video of the year.
Dash doesn’t want anything of that nature repeated this year. He advises Kanye to not even show up at all at the event. Damon practices what he preaches in this instance as he said he didn’t go either when he was nominated. The former partner of Jay-Z bluntly put it as, “They gotta respect our culture.”
J. Prince is also fed up with Recording Academy and wants to compete with the iconic Grammys event. He has invited Drake, The Weekend, Nicki Minaj and Ye to perform on the same night as Grammys. This move comes in retaliation to the Grammys’ usual behavior against black artists. We all know these artists have been snubbed, time and again, for their work.
In an interview, J. Prince also said:
“I’ve been watching the Grammys control and dictate our culture to their benefit up close and personal for the past 30 years, “and all the artists, managers and executives would do is complain, but never have the nuts to come together to do anything about it.”
“This is a slave master, punish a nigga mentality and act to remind us that no matter how much money we have, we’re still niggas in their eyes, So they cancel Kanye and discriminated against Drake, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj and many others over the years. This will only be broken by us uniting our powers to bring about change moving forward.”