Could There Be A Boycott Next Year? Celebs Who Say They’re Fed Up With The Grammys
Did Beck deserve album of the year? And why weren’t the hip hop awards even televised? From Kanye to Annie Lennox, these are the celebs who had very little nice to say about the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Kanye West: “We Ain’t Gonna Play With Them No More”
Is there a 2016 Grammy boycott in the works?
We all saw Kanye fake “Imma let you finish” Beck, but backstage he told everybody how he really felt about the artist’s Best Album win:
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyonce.”
So are we voting to bring The Source Awards back, or nah?
Kim Kardashian, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen: #Confused
Kim, John and Chrissy also felt some type of way about the Best Album award with these confused looks caption: “This is the Beck won that award face?!?!?!”
Trey Songz: #GrammysIJS
Kanye may have been mad on Beyonce’s half, but Trey took to Twitter to point out that despite topping the charts, he’s never won a Grammy.
“the Grammys shortchange culture for popularity every year. 10 years I been able to feed my family and have the support of so many people, just for doing what I would do anyway for NOTHING.
I don’t rant, this isn’t that. TRIGGA #1 album ‘NaNa’ ‘Touchin Lovin’ and ‘What’s Best For You’ all #1 on one chart or another. #Grammys ijs.”
My fans give me the real reward no trophy ever could, LOVE. So everytime they give me nothing, I think of you. Thank you, I love you.”
Snoop says that in 2015 he’s 100% done with Grammy voters who have given Macklemore more wins than some of hip hops greats. He captioned this Instagram, “F–k the Grammys we need a hip hop show for real niggaz. n real mcs.”
He does have a point…
Annie Lennox: I’d Rather Be Anywhere Else
Not all of the 2015 Grammy beef was about the winners. Annie Lennox said she didn’t even want to be there, red-carpet quipping, “It’s not really my scene, to be frank.”
But fans were glad she showed up and delivered one of the best performances of the night.
LL Cool J: Well, This Is Awkward
When stars show up in the same dress it’s always a bad time at the Grammys.
But when Ryan Seacrest and LL Cool J showed up in matching suits, they took it all in stride. LL even joked, “If Ryan’s wearing it, I’m wearing it!” during their awkward red carpet moment.
Ne-Yo: Let The Fashion-Forward Beware
LL wasn’t the only star nervous about what he was wearing. Ne-yo said “I made sure I look good today!” before he joined the Fashion Police on Monday to critique everyone else’s red carpet wear.
Ed Sheeran: I Guess I’ll Have A Seat
Ed Sheeran may have performed at the awards, but he said that the 2015 Grammys kept him from getting a big head via Lady Gaga. During the night he Tweeted,
I love @ladygaga. Spoke to her earlier and she mistook me for a waiter. Gotta love the #GRAMMYs. #INeedANewSuit.
Ledisi: Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Not everyone let the 2015 Grammys get them down. Despite being passed over for her Take My Hand Precious Lord, Ledisi decided to keep it positive.
When one interviewer asked the “Selma” actress how she felt about her fans anger over her missed moment, she simply commented “I love them, but I like to focus on empowering other women and staying above the fray.”
Felix Burton: Rap Is Over
Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton — whose Never Say Never was nominated for Best Dance Recording — said,
“I feel pop music is finished. Most of the music Grammys are a regurgitation of an old thing. Perhaps the next thing is something quite different. I don’t know. Maybe a poet of the people, or something getting to the bones, maybe poetry. Maybe that’ll be the big thing.”
When an interviewer asked if he thought rap counted as poetry he added,
“Some of it is, but I don’t know. I’m not going to make any sweeping statements about rap. I know there’s a lot of stuff out there. It’s not really giving me anything. I was deeply moved by Public Enemy and bands years ago. They seemed to be talking of something about people. Now, people seem very focused on this world of celebrity and whatever, which is nonsense which doesn’t interest me, and also doesn’t interest a lot of people. I think we forget that.”
Do you agree?
YG: “I Really Feel Some Type Of Way”
In a post-Grammy radio interview, Rapper YG says he’s done with the Grammy’s because rappers “from the streets” aren’t even considered:
“I already knew I wasn’t going to win a Grammy. The whole year I was like ‘They not gone give me the Grammy but they gone nominate me for sure.’ But when I seen some of them albums on there, it was like, I didn’t really get it. I really feel some type of way.”
“I know it got something to do with me being from the streets and representing what I represent and talking about what I talk about on these records, but I feel like the Grammy people need to know that I’m really out here. I’m the people’s champ.”
Dianne Reeves: We Didn’t Even Get Our 15 Minutes…
Singer Dianne Reeves won Jazz Vocal Album of The Year, but she says that she’s miffed because no one even saw it. Because some Grammy wins aren’t even televised.
She says all artists deserve mainstream coverage: “Everybody in there is substantial and important to the evolution to what anybody’s doing.”
Prince: We’ve Got To Do Better
Even Prince took a break from being the coolest thing in tangerine to drop these words of wisdom as he presented Best Album.
Pharrell: Not So Happy
In an effort to draw attention to something bigger than the Grammys, Pharrell took this “hands up, don’t shoot” moment to nod to the Ferguson protest during Happy
Then moments later, Zach Braff Tweeted that he looked like a monkey in an organ grinder’s suit.