Here’s a not so secret industry secret: The Grammys have absolutely no grasp on modern rap music and habitually nominate the wrong acts. When Will Smith won the first rap Grammy in 1998, he didn’t even show up to accept the award. The show had been sleeping too long on the genre, the damage of a cold shoulder done. Fast forward and The Grammys are still fuckin’ up. In 2012, they neglected to nominate Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Album of the Year, what many hold as a masterpiece from a hip hop virtuoso.
Take one look at this year’s nominations and it’s clear the same fuckery is still going on. If you took The Grammys’ word for it, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, and Drake had the only albums that mattered. It’s as if whoever drew these up got their rap cues from dads who listen to Z100, or asked Ryan Seacrest what the kids are listening to.
Magna Carta… Holy Grail, which, let’s be honest, is a mixed bag with Jay Z too often following trends rather than creating them, comes through with two (TWO!) nominations in the Best Rap/Sung collaboration category. The notion that The Grammys are utterly clueless when it comes to rap continues to perpetuate itself, so we’re here to set the record straight. You can peep the actual nominees here (refrain from doing so immediately after sipping) and our list below, with a few added categories that we’d implement should a clinically insane person allow us to
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