He says that his two nominations for the 2014 awards ceremony are 'patronising'
Kanye West has laid into the Grammy Awards during a gig in Phoenix, Arizona.
The rapper played the US Airways Center last night (December 10) and during the show spoke about his disappointment with the US awards body for not including ‘Yeezus’ in their Album of the Year category. He went to say that the nods ‘Yeezus’ has received for Best Rap Album and ‘New Slaves’ for Best Rap Song are “patronising”. He commented – in a fan-shot video that you can watch above: “People come to me and they congratulate me on those two nominations. Fuck those nominations!”
Earlier in his speech, West stated: “I’m 36 years old and I have 21 Grammys. That’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old. Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist… So when the Grammys nominations come out, and ‘Yeezus’ is the top one or two album on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys, what are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice? Do they think that, some way, that I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment?”
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in LA. In the Album Of The Year category Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ is up against Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘The Heist’, ‘The Blessed Unrest’ by Sara Bareilles and ‘Red’ by Taylor Swift.
Meanwhile, Kanye West has said that his next album will contain just “eight songs”. In a recent interview, the rapper revealed that he plans to release the follow-up to this year’s ‘Yeezus’ in the summer of 2014. Now, during a talk with architect Jacques Herzog at the Moore Building in Miami, as a part of the city’s Art Basel conference, he’s added more info on his new album plans.
“I think my next album is going to be eight songs,” he said. “It’s just reducing down the amount of information that you need. People say a design is the point where you can’t take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed.”