From the inception of hip hop’s inclusion into the Grammy awards event, the industry has wrestled with respect of the gatekeepers of the music industry’s most coveted award ceremony. Drake has voiced his opinion on the past about the fans being the real award instead of a committee of unknown members.
DRAKE’S ICONIC SPEECH
In fact, Drake showed up for his award for “God’s Plan” and proceeded to give a speech that was directed at the event itself. This was after turning down to do a performance in protest of some artists believing the program doesn’t give hip hop its just due.
Kanye West who recently ended his beef with Drake, decided to show his disdain for the record industry by urinating on his award and actually shoving it in a toilet in 2020. He was in dispute with his label over contracts at the time and it was his way of bringing attention to how the Grammys operates with artists.
HISTORY OF PROTESTS
The list of disgruntled artists towards the event over the years also includes 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Public Enemy. The protests and outrage have not only been by hip hop artists either, as singers The Weeknd, Sinead O’Connor and Frank Ocean have also voiced their displeasure at the ceremony.
The fist big name rapper to protest the event was none other than Will Smith. Although he is a huge Hollywood star in 2021, Smith’s first claim to fame was being the “Fresh Prince (two years later would star on Fresh Prince Of Bel Air sitcom)” in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In 2016, Smith would boycott the Oscars for not having enough diversity with the nominations to include black actors/actresses. He did the same call out of the industry for music in 1989 with protesting the Grammys.
Jay-Z’s history with the event is also tainted when the rapper called out the organization on “Apeshit,” with his wife Beyonce on the duet, “Everything Is Love.” “Tell the Grammy’s fuck that 0 for 8 shit/ Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apeshit?.”
Fast forward to 2021, the ceremony has recognized iconic artists which saw countless iconic artists, especially in hip-hop, release some of the best work in their entire discography.
Jay-Z received a couple nominations pushing him to 83. The number has led him to breaking the record of 80 formerly held by the legendary Quincy Jones. The DMX and Nas collaboration for “Bath Salts” on DMX‘s last album Exodus got a nod for next award ceremony. In 1999, he protested the award show saying he “boycotted” them because DMX had not been nominated despite racking up two No. 1 albums in a year.
The rap billionaire’s other nomination for 2022 includes Kanye’s Donda album reunion of Watch Throne with “Jail,” that catapulted him above Quincy Jones in the history books.
#GRAMMYs Best Rap Song Nominees:
Bath Salts – DMX, Jay-Z (@sc) & @nas
Best Friend – @Saweetie & @DojaCat
Family Ties – @babykeem & @kendricklamar
Jail – @kanyewest & Jay-Z
m y . l i f e – @JColeNC, @21savage & @morrayda1
— chart data (@chartdata) November 23, 2021
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) November 23, 2021
Paul McCartney, previously tied for second place with Beyonce, gains two nods in the rock category and passes her and Jones for sole possession of the No. 2 spot with 81. Jay-Z recently celebrated his induction into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame.