This past Friday the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences released the complete list of nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Surprisingly, Kanye West was only nominated for two awards, “Album of the Year” for his polarizing sixth solo album Yeezus and “Best Rap Song” for “New Slaves”. Despite having what many prominent music publications claim is “Album of Year” in Yeezus, Kanye didn’t get nominated in any of the four major categories. Kanye is currently one of the most decorated artists in music’s history as he has been graced with 53 nominations (#5 all-time) and 21 wins (#6 all-time).
Last night, at a Yeezus tour concert in Phoenix, Yeezy went on one of his nightly rants and shitted on the Recording Academy as only he could. Yeezy stressed that he should’ve received more nominations because of the impactful statement the album made across the contemporary music landscape. Kanye is no stranger to conflicts with the Grammys as he boycotted the award show last year for not recognizing his musical achievements. Watch the 20-minute video above and read an excerpt of the “stream-of-consciousness” below. Observe American Beau’s “Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums of Year” list yonder.
“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!”