"Are they listening? ... They act like they don't hear nothing." [artist id="2801312"]The-Dream[/artist] is still upset that he didn't get any artist nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards.
Although the singer/songwriter was nominated several times for writing and appearing on other people's songs (most notably, he wrote [artist id="3235294"]Beyoncé[/artist]'s "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," which is up for Song of the Year), he received no nods for songs of his own, such as "Rockin' That Sh--" and "My Love," or his March LP Love vs. Money.
Dream tweeted his thoughts immediately after the Grammy nominations were announced last week. "Isn't it funny the best album of 2009 didn't get a nomination for the second year strait," he wrote in a string of tweets that ended, "And this ain't no Kanye sh-- ... and yes I am bitchin," referring to [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]'s frequent awards-related tantrums.
"I had to let my people know," he said on Friday (December 11) of his tweets. "I had to let 'em know it wasn't all to the good. I wasn't just chillin'. The people that follow me, they really care about the movement. Not just me, there's a lot of great people doing great things all the time and they get looked over. That's why I put the thing about Kanye. I'm not on no Kanye, but when you bust your ass and you know you bust your ass and you don't get a look, then you're looking at people funny."
Dream also said that before the noms were announced, he felt like he wouldn't make the cut, but he had hope.
"I was not expecting it, but I was expecting it, if that makes sense," he explained. "It was like, 'Let's see if some bullsh-- happens again.' I didn't get nominated last year for Love Hate. Man, I'm black. I'm paranoid, I already expect bullsh-- anyway. When I see the names nominated, I'm saying, 'Are you saying my name don't belong with the people in this category?' Come on, man. Somebody isn't listening."
One of categories The-Dream said he most deserved recognition in was Best Contemporary R&B Album. Beyoncé's I Am... Sasha Fierce was nominated, as was Jamie Foxx's Intuition, Trey Songz's Ready, Pleasure P's The Introduction of Marcus Cooper and T-Pain's Thr33 Ringz.
"I almost forgot the Producer of the Year. To not be in that category is crazy," Dream added. "Nobody released more titles. It's not even close. It's not even close, dude. We're doing albums over here."
"And it's the Grammys, man," Dream added. "You look at it from a kid's standpoint: When you're growing up, it means so much. Even if it's not about record sales, singles, the Grammys always pull out the best sh--. I don't think that happens now."
Many artists lobby to get nominations for the Grammys, but that's a path Dream said he's not following.
"Everybody is saying I should go out and market for it, but I don't wanna use that power of the strength of my building to win something. I should be able to get nominated or be able to win based off the strength of music — if we're talking about the best music. If it's a popularity contest, let's just say it's a popularity contest."
But Dream has gotten some accolades as of late. People and Time both listed Love vs. Money in their top 10 albums of 2009, which he was thankful for.