Kanye West may have skipped the 2013 Grammy Awards, but Frank Ocean and The-Dream hit the stage with enough personality to make up for Yeezy’s absence. Hov and company were fun and off-the-cuff when they took the stage to accept the award for Best Rap / Sung Collaboration for their Watch the Throne opener, “No Church in the Wild.”
Jay, a decorated Grammy vet, graciously hugged his wife, Beyoncé, before taking the stage, where he first turned the mic over to the naturally shy Ocean, who thanked his little brother. With all three sensing the dreaded wrap-it-up music, The-Dream then dove in for his shout-outs. “Yeah, back up,” he said jokingly to the Odd Future singer.
The “Falsetto” crooner toasted his fans, his mom and his grandfather before Hov gave the famed songwriter a ribbing of his own. “I’d like to thank the swap meet for his hat,” Jay said, making fun of Dream’s “parental advisory” beanie.
The Rap / Sung Collaboration award marked the third of the night for Kanye and Jigga, who racked up two golden gramophones with “N—as in Paris” in the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance categories. The Throne’s win meant Nas, a 13-time Grammy nominee, would have to wait another year for a chance to win his first gramophone — not that the Life Is Good singer is too broken up about it. On Friday during a pre-Grammy party, Nas told MTV News that he already feels like a winner.
Kanye ditched the awards show to “Suit & Tie” with Justin Timberlake during a Rat Pack-inspired set.
Drake was the night’s other big hip-hop winner when his Take Care LP bested Lupe Fiasco, the Roots, Nas, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz in the Best Rap Album category.