“9 Signs That Prove The Grammys Don’t Know $#I^ About Rap” is a video article from Complex that highlights what the publication says is the strained relationship between Hip Hop and the Grammys.
“We knew it was bad, but wanted to see how bad it really was,” the publication says.
“So we analyzed the Rap Grammys down to every last ‘shiny sippy cup’ handed out since ’89 by pulling together data about every award given to every artist in every Hip Hop category for every year since rap was introduced. Looking at the stats, it becomes clear that this isn’t our version of Rap, it’s the Academy’s version of Rap. And even though the Rap awards are usually televised, the Academy still treats Rap the same way they did back in 1989.”
In its story, Complex notes that Macklemore won three of the four Rap Grammys last year. Macklemore has more Grammys than 2Pac, Biggie and Nas, as well as more than “2Pac, Biggie, Nas, DMX, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Big Pun, Jeezy, Ja Rule and Kendrick Lamar, combined.”
To put this into context, Macklemore’s The Heist album has earned more Grammys than such classic albums as Tupac’s All Eyez On Me, Biggie’s Ready to Die and Nas’ Illmatic.
Complex’s story also says that the nominations don’t make sense. For instance, it says that Iggy Azalea has more Rap nominations than eight-time Grammy-winner Lauryn Hill. Most of Lauryn’s nominations were in R&B. Additionally, Afroman has as many nominations as Redman.
The awards seem to all go to males, Complex’s story says. A female rapper hasn’t won a Rap Grammy in more than a decade. Two females have won Grammys for Best Rap Song: Alicia Keys and Rihanna. However, both were vocalists on a male’s song – and, both times, that male was Jay Z.
Eminem, Jay Z and Kanye West have won 41 of the 92 awards given in the four Rap categories – that’s just under half of the awards doled out when they were nominated, Complex says.
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