October 20, 2014 at 11:29 am #403298
Every few months he goes on a rant about the Grammys. I think we all know the bad things he says about them so no need for me to explain. He never shows up anymore But for some reason he always submits to be nominated. Why not give those nominations to an artist who will be grateful for nominations ? I think he should remove his name from the submissions. Or will voters eventually catch on and stop nominating him ? Do you guys agree ? Discuss.October 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm #403300
I’m sure Kanye is not the only artist that might feel the same way about awards shows and the politics of the industry, he just happens to make it more vocal. I’ve noticed that they have not nominated him as frequent and with as many nominations as they once did when he broke out into the scene, and maybe it is due to his tantrums, maybe not. It’s no different than Adam Levine ranting about the VMAs and how much he disliked them yet there they were performing at this years ceremony…..
To a point I agree that if he feels that strongly against the grammys then maybe he shouldn’t submit his work for consideration for nominations, but doesn’t the record label submit their artists and not the artists themselves or am I wrong on that?
October 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm #403301
Absolutely not. If the Grammys want to continue to be known as the premier award in music entertainment, then they shouldn’t remove him from the ballot. The fact of the matter is that Kanye is usually right about NARAS and their ridiculous prejudices in the General Field. Could he voice his views on the matter more eloquently? Absolutely. In fact, I actually think that his being one of the biggest music entertainers in the WORLD would gives his argument more credence.
Kanye respects the Grammy awards, he doesn’t respect the politics behind them.October 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm #403302
If he feels that strongly then he should remove his name. He’s the head of his label so I’m sure he has the power to do so. I hate when he complains about only winning in the “black categories “. Why not let someone else be nominated who doesn’t care and just would be happy to be honored .October 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm #403303
My thought is that if he truly felt the way he speaks about the Grammys, then he would remove himself from consideration on principle alone. I mean seriously, it isn’t like he has never won a Grammy–he has boatloads. So if he is so outraged, why does he keep allowing himself to be nominated? I chalk it more up to the fact that loves attention and he knows his comments regarding the Grammy’s will get him just that. But you can bet he has the trophies proudly lining his shelves.
Ultimately, I think HE should be the one to remove his name, the Academy should not, as their aim is honor the best in music, despite whether the person creating it is a giant douche or not.October 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm #403304
Absolutely not. The Grammys should nominate and vote for works based on their quality regardless if the artists speaks badly about the academy. Woody Allen badmouths the Oscars and has never shown up to accept an award and he still gets nominated/wins. Same with Joaquin Phoenix. If the academy feels the work is worthy of being nominated/winning, it should regardless of what the artist thinks of the academy.October 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm #403305
No. The Grammys are about awarding the best in music, not about the best in music who will actually appreciate the award. However he personally feels about the Grammy Awards is irrelevant.October 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm #403306
No, Kanye shouldn’t stop submitting himself for Grammy consideration, regardless of his gripes with the Grammys in general (and some of those issues are perfectly legitimate grievances).October 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm #403307
I dont think so but he’s Kanye West he like being talked about.October 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm #403308
I get what you’re saying @MusicForever, but Kanye isn’t the only urban or black artist to feel that way. He’s just the one that says it the loudest. And again, his anger is not toward the Grammys as a whole, but rather the institutional discrimination of urban/black music in the General Field categories.October 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm #403309
Instead of punishing Kanye for what he is saying maybe they should listen to what he is trying to say. Yes, he often expresses himself in an obnoxious manner but there is usually something behind what he is saying.October 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm #403310
^^^^Um most of what he has to say is “I’m better than the acts that were nominated.” and “F@$k those two mother f@$#king nominations”.October 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm #403311
Kanye is a walking contradiction but that shouldn’t stop the GRAMMYs from awarding his music (when absolutely necessary). I do agree that the GRAMMYs have had a bias against Urban acts in the General Field for a while. There’s no real reason why Kanye shouldn’t have a single GF win under his belt. I believe he should’ve won BNA over Maroon 5 back in 2005. But that’s beside the point.
I agree that the GRAMMYs should begin to award artists outside the big 3 (Jay-Z, Eminem, and Kanye) in most Rap categories. Drake, J.Cole, Kendrick, ScHoolboy Q, YG, and Childish Gambino are artists very deserving of more recognition.October 20, 2014 at 5:07 pm #403312
No. Instead, he should not submit his work if he feels a certain way towards the Grammys (which is why I don’t take his rants seriously and neither should anyone else). The Grammys should still honor him if he decides to submit his work and they feel that he’s worthy.
With all of that said, the same way there are issues with the committee honoring urban acts in the general field, there are issues in the rap/”black” categories, where the same few names (Kanye included) are being rewarded year after year. The whole Grammy system should be revamped, and not just certain categories or instances that tickle Kanye’s fancy or place the ball in his favor.