Grammy-award winning rapper Kanye West recently spoke about the issues he has with the Grammy Awards "Blackballing" (as he says) his last "808s & Heartbreak" album.
"It won't get blackballed like the last album?," Kanye asked a reporter after she mentioned My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy would likely be up for multiple awards. "I'm just making sure. 'Heartless' just didn't get nominated for anything, they ignored 808's, you know. It's just that, where's our instant replay clock? Why are the last four albums of the year Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock? With all due respect, like I always say, that's inaccurate…I pinpoint the Grammys and the VMAs because they have to take a responsibility because they mean something to us. Little kids that are six years-old that are singing in front of the mirror, they're also thinking about their Grammy speech. They're thinking about winning a VMA. So these people, whoever runs them, they have to take some responsibility to say, 'What really happened in culture this year because we're marking it down.' I don't really care about me, that's what you don't understand. I'll jump in front of a moving car for history. It's not really about me, it's about everybody. It's about all the artists. It's about fair ground. If Drake is having an awesome year and having a better year than mine, I'm not gonna say I should win. I'm gonna say Drake should win. It's not about me, it's just about being fair for once." (Access Hollywood)
Kanye West – Access Hollywood Interview