While the cream of the music biz crop will be rolling into Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium Wednesday night for the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, at least one multiple Grammy nominee will be conspicuously absent.
Rapper Jay-Z, who is nominated in three Grammy categories this year, is boycotting the ceremony, citing what he sees as the Grammys' continuing disrespect of hip-hop.
"I am boycotting the Grammys because too many major rap artists continue to be overlooked," the rapper wrote in a statement announcing the move. "Rappers deserve more attention from the Grammy committee and form the whole world. If it's got a gun everybody knows about it; but if we go on a world tour, no one knows."
A representative for the rapper told MTV News however that another quote in the same press release in which the says that he has asked that his named be withdrawn from Grammy ballots was taken out of context. The rapper's representative told MTV News that remark was one that Jay-Z had made
off handedly to the Associated Press, and that he has not written the Grammys and asked that his name be removed from consideration.
The rapper is up for Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album at Wednesday night's awards.
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