2014 Grammy Awards: Hip Hop Artists Kendrick Lamar And Macklemore Expected To Dominate. However, Critics Say They Will Be Snubbed, Just Like The Old Times
By Staff Writer | January 24, 2014 10:59 PM EST
For 56th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on January 26, 2014, two upcoming names from the hip hop industry are expected to dominate. Of course, Jay-Z is still there with the most number of nominations at nine. It's just another day in the office for him. The guys who are currently in the spot light are the young ones. In one corner, you have the fierce and bold Kendrick Lamar. On other side, there is Macklemore.
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These two guys, according to MTV, have formed a hip hop battle that could potentially become the highlight of the upcoming annual music awards. Both guys have seven nominations in Grammy's and they are also expected to fire up the audience with their performance.
Kendrick Lamar is nominated for Album of the Year for Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, New Artist, Best R&B Performance for the song How Many Drinks, Best Rap Performance for the Song Swimming Pool, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Now or Never with Mary J. Blige, Best Rap Song for F***in' Problems, and Best Rap Album.
Macklemore is not to be outdone, the 30-year old, which is one half of the Macklemore x Ryan Lewis "indie rags-to-riches story", is nominated for Album of the Year (The Heist, together with Ryan Lewis), Song of the Year (Same Love), Best Rap Performance (Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz), Best Rap Song (Thrift Shop), Best Rap Album (The Heist), and Best Music Video (Can't Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton).
With them owning the third most number of nominations for the awards show, music critics think that it is time for the Grammy's to hand the Best Album award to the hip hop genre. Zach Schonfeld of the wire said that there is a sizeable chance for either Lamar and Macklemore to win. However, that might not happen given the way the National Academy of Recording Arts is treating the genre.
"You could hardly expect the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to give nods to critical picks like Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap (technically a mixtape) or Ka's The Night's Gambit, but really? No Yeezus?" the Wire said.
The website also emphasized Kanye West comment few years ago regarding the regular snub by Grammy's.
I've been nominated for Best Album maybe three times. I made Dark Fantasy and Watch the Throne less than a year apart and neither of them got nominated. "Ni**as in Paris" [off Watch the Throne] wasn't nominated for Best Song either. But let's go into the fact that I have the most Grammys of any 36-year-old or 40-year-old or whatever, and I've never won a Grammy outside of the Rap or R&B categories. "Jesus Walks" lost Best Song to some other song; "Ni**as in Paris" wasn't nominated in that category. But those are the labels that people want to put on you.
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