Monday, February 14, 2011

Grammys say "F*** You" to hip-hop

What an appropriate year for the Grammys to say "F*** You" to the hip-hop community!?

Cee Lo Green's "F*** You" was nominated in two of the night's biggest categories - Record of the Year and Song of the Year - but he came up short in both. He would snag one award for the song in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

He wasn't the only hip-hop star to feel the Grammy cold shoulder.

Eminem was nominated for 10 awards - the most of any artist - and only walked away with two wins. His two wins came, of course, in rap categories. [Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance - "Not Afraid"]

That's got to be a disappointment, but at least he got something. :-/

Like Cee Lo Green, Em was nominated in the biggest categories of the night and took L's.

In fact, the Record of the Year category was dominated by hip-hop tunes. Four out of five nominees were from the hip-hop genre. Despite the odds being in hip-hop's favor, country group Lady Antebellum ran away with the award for their song, "Need You Now."

Drake, who was among nominees in the Best New Artist category, was also left Grammy-less. He was nominated in four categories.

Hip-hop newcomer, B.o.B., was also empty-handed despite his five nominations. He did have some stiff competition in his categories. Among the big categories he was nominated in included Record of the Year, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song.

Jay-Z was one of hip-hop's "biggest" winners. He won three awards before the show aired on television. He won for "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys in the categories of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song; and for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group with Swizz Beatz for "On to the Next One." (That's nice Jay won with Mrs. and Mr. Swizz-Keys.)

But like Cee Lo and B.o.B., Jay could not give hip-hop the win in a "major" Grammy category. "Empire State of Mind" failed to win in the Record of the Year category.

On the bright side, the Grammys showcased hip-hop with performances by Drake, Cee Lo Green and Eminem.

It's also worth noting that Diddy was introduced as "Puff Daddy" by the Grammy announcer. What year are they living in? He hasn't been called that in years! Unless he secretly decided to go by "Puff Daddy" again and didn't send out the press release [or Tweet] yet.

The disrespect, or disregard, didn't stop there.

Easily the biggest hip-hop snub of the night didn't have anything to do with the actual award presentations.

It came during the tribute to musicians that have passed away during the last year. We saw a montage of artists who passed away, including Teena Marie and Solomon Burke.

However, it didn't take long before hip-hop fans noticed one of their own was left out.

Guru, the founder of Gang Starr, died of cancer in April. However, there was no mention of him in the annual Grammy tribute to fallen artists.

Kanye West, who wasn't at the Grammys, noticed the omission and tweeted, "R.I.P. to Guru!!!"

Q-Tip also tweeted, "No mention of keith GURU elam?????? Come on."

Guru's former group member DJ Premier also took to Twitter to let off some steam.

"Fuckin' Grammy's didn't put GURU in the R.I.P. Of entertainers that passed away in 2010.....why should I be surprised ?" DJ Premier tweeted.

Other fans were also upset.

"RIP Guru, your fans will always remember you. The Grammys on the other hand..... #fail" tweeted user, Sorgenfrei_M.

"Still can't believe they snubbed Guru," tweeted C_Greenberg.

"why didn't the Grammy's show Guru from Gang Starr? He passed last year too and was just as important to music as the others that died. #fail," tweeted jdubcreative.

"Guru gets no love for passing away...SMH," tweeted spinTelect. "Usually not upset at awards show, but GURU getting no love is kinda wack."

Well, if it makes hip-hop fans feel any better the awards in the R&B categories weren't even mentioned during the television broadcast. And Justin Bieber was shut out in the two categories that he was nominated for.

Looks like the Grammys was saying "F*** You" to a lot of people, not just hip-hop.

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