ARTICLE FROM hiphopfx.com (Full story click here)
Well as a person in the music industry for over 24 years producing my program “Music Inner City Television” I could not wait to watch this years Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. I could not make the event this year.
As always the legendary LL Cool J did a great job. He always holds it down at the Grammy Awards. It was a good show readers but there is a major and huge problem. And here is what it is. The 57th Grammy Awards decided to announce the Hip-Hop-Rap categories BEFORE the freakin broadcast on CBS. This was the first time this has happened since 1990.
MTV said this “If rap decides that it wants to regain respect at the Grammys, given what happened Sunday night, though deciding the annual event is out of touch and doesn’t matter is another valid option , it may be time to again do what Will, Jeff and the rest did in 1989”
Led by Will Smith and Jezzy Jeff, they boycotted the 1989 event in protest for the lack of recognition of hip-hop on the Grammys telecast. I agree with MTV who always shows hip-hop-rap respect during their MTV Video Awards and movie awards. Hey how come Kendrick Lamar did not perform? At this years event?
You KNOW Kanye West had something to say about the total disrespect shown by the Grammys in showing the hip-hop-rap awards during the broadcast. West said “If the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t going to play with them no more. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his awards to Beyonce and at this point, we are tired of it. Because what happens is when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in there face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you are disrespectful to inspiration”
West went on to blast the Grammys and I agree with everything he says. In my opinion it is the same as the Oscars disrespectful actions by not nominating NOT ONE African American for the top awards. When it comes to African Americans only John Legend and Common and the movie “Selma” was nominated for anything. This is sad. This is racism.
Some could say a lot of hip-hop/rap songs this past year was not the greatest. Some say also hip-hop-rap may be in serious trouble. Everything sounding the same. Some say hip-hop needs a infusion. But that is no excuse for the Grammys to not show the winners during the more than two hour program. This is just flat out wrong. Period.
And folks, Beck beating out Beyonce for a award is just FLAT OUT WRONG!!!! How did this happen? How could it happen? Who votes for winners? Are they all old white guys and gals like who vote for the Oscars? I think so. I really do readers. Gordon Curvey