People in the hip-hop nation are wondering if the Grammy Awards are snubbing hip-hop.
At Sunday night’s show, the only hip-hop award that was broadcast during the show was Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, which Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna won. The only hip-hop act to perform was the finale of Lil Wayne, Drake and Eminem performing “Drop the World” and “Forever” — and even with that coveted spot, the performance was mired in controversy due to network’s overzealous muting of the song’s lyrics. There was no moment in the spotlight for Eminem’s two wins; no show-stopping performances like last year’s “Swagga Like Us” tag-team of Jay-Z, T.I., Lil Wayne and Kanye West with M.I.A., which killed it collectively and individually.
“CBS DOES NOT CARE ABOUT RAP PEOPLE!” fumed radio/blog and television personality Miss Info on her Twitter page.
“Looks like none of the hip-hop categories makin’ it to TV,” DJ Drama tweeted midway through the telecast.
Are people overreacting, or will artists start boycotting the Grammy Awards again for not paying respect to hip-hop?
“I was a little surprised that they didn’t let Eminem come up and give a speech for Best Rap Album,” Rolling Stone online editor Caryn Ganz said. “He’s such a titan in the field. I felt they should have given him a moment of shine. Personally, I think it was a slight — they should have done Best Rap Album — but they were stretching [the nine categories that aired during the show] over all genres. To be fair, maybe it was just a numbers game. But there was only one hip-hop performance, and it was heavily censored to the point where it was almost unwatchable.”
A spokesperson for CBS explained to The Associated Press Monday that the muting of the Eminem/ Lil Wayne/ Drake teag-team was a standards issue.
“It was a rousing musical performance, but words were edited from the live telecast that didn’t meet our broadcast standards,” Ender explained, according to The Associated Press. “We have great respect for artists’ creative freedom, but there are certain things you can’t say, or sing, on television.”
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