Kanye West has one question for the Recording Academy: “Where’s my damn Grammy nominations?”
Yeezy, who almost always has something to say about his place in the Grammy galaxy, asked that pointed query on Tuesday night during a show in Phoenix, where a small part of his nightly rant was devoted to wondering why he did not get more Grammy love for his Yeezus album.
“And Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list,” he told the crowd at US Airways Center. “But only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say?’
He’s clearly been simmering on this one, since the nominations were announced five days earlier and he could have addressed the slight at his show in Houston on Saturday (where he took a lesser swipe) or San Antonio on Sunday (where his attention was focused on throwing out a female heckler).
West, who has gotten well-deserved Grammy attention over the past decade with 53 nominations (#5 all-time) and 21 wins (#6 all-time), scored just two this time for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for “New Slaves.” And though his Grammy gripes are practically a holiday tradition at this point, it is worth noting that Yeezus did make it onto many critics year-end lists for being one of West’s most challenging and adventurous albums to date.
And maybe it took him so long to respond because, well, he is busy, what with the new baby at home, his tour, his design career sideline and what we can only imagine is hours of nightly mask maintenance for the many disguises he wears during the gigs.
It’s not like hip-hop got totally slighted, as rap had a huge footprint among the nominees, with Jay Z leading the pack at nine and Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tied for seven in their first year of eligibility.
Then again, if you look at the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration list, well, Kanye might have a point there.