While the 60th annual Grammy Awards have been celebrated for Black rappers leading the nominations, two MCs aren’t feeling any of it.
Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, unleashed on Instagram Tuesday, Nov. 28 over the Recording Academy failing to honor Tribe’s last album, “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.”
“Y’all Grammy n—– … y’all… f— y’all,” Q-Tip says. “Y’all f—–‘ busted y’all ass to try and get us out there and perform! You think a n— wanted to f—–‘ go out there and perform after I lost my man? We closed y’all show and we don’t get no f—– nominations? The last Tribe album? My man is gone! We been doing this s— for f—– years!”
The record producer performed on the Grammy’s in February with Tribe to honor Phife Dawg, who died in March 2016. During his video, Q-Tip also gave zero cares about the fact that Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar are leading the way with eight and seven nominations respectively. The 2018 ceremony also marks the first time since 1999 that no white male artists have been nominated for Album of the Year.
“Y’all think it’s some sort of caveat because this is the first time that no white man was nominated in no major categories and s—?” Q-Tip says. “We were the most Black-cultured group out [there]. That’s all we stood on. That’s what we represented. This f—–‘ album we just dropped. This the last Tribe album. It stands with everyone else’s s— that’s up there.”
On the other hand, fellow MC Vince Staples blames his snub on low sales. In fact, he tweeted Tuesday that he didn’t want to see any mention of the Grammys on his timeline.
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In a series of now-deleted tweets, the “Big Fish” rapper told followers to keep his name from being associated with the snub so that he can keep his income flowing. He also maintained that he simply does not care about such accolades.
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And there are more stars who have been snubbed too, however, they haven’t been as vocal as the critics and the fans.
The Weeknd’s “Starboy” was released in 2017 to critical acclaim but the record, which features the hit title-track, only earned one nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
So we gonna sit here and pretend that @theweeknd STARBOY album didn’t have songs that went 5x & 2x Multi-platinum topping the charts and they only gonna nominate him for 1 GRAMMY!! FOH #grammys y’all played my boy Abel… and @AMAs y’all played him too but I’m out of characters🙄
— MoanOHBrandyn (@MoanOHBrandyn) November 28, 2017
“Thick of It” singer Mary J. Blige was another artist who a Los Angeles Times music writer named as being snubbed along with rapper Future.
Never got into my #Grammy snubs. Kesha should have had more big 3 action. H.E.R. and Sabrina Claudino deserved. Kehlani not getting an R&B album nod for SSS is trash. MJB put out her best work but has been nominated for weaker releases. And Harry Styles and Future got played.
— Gerrick D. Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy) November 28, 2017
And he wasn’t alone in his feelings about the “Percocet” rapper.
Future deserves a grammy for HNDRXX
— suciaso (@viewsfrmmike) November 28, 2017