Kanye West Says He's Never Won A Grammy Against A White Artist

posted Wednesday December 11 ,2013 at 03:00PM CST | 232 comments

Kanye West Says He's Never Won A Grammy Against A White Artist

Kanye West says out of his 21 Grammy awards, he didn't receive any of them when faced against a white artist.

After last week’s announcement of the nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Chicago rapper Kanye West took it upon himself to share his thoughts on the list of nominees during his "Yeezus Tour" stop in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday (December 10).

Clad in his signature Margiela mask, Kanye seemed less than pleased with his two Grammy nominations, which included nods for Best Rap Album (Yeezus) and Best Rap Song (“New Slaves”). He also drew attention to the fact that he has a total of 21 Grammys to his name, but has never won a Grammy when faced against a white artist.

“They try to trivialize my words and try to make it seem like my importance as a musician is less important than what it is,” 'Ye said. “I mean, we can even take a look at some recent nominations that came out. Now I’m 36-years-old and I have 21 Grammys. That’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old. Out of all those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist.”

Following comparisons to Michael Jackson and the late singer’s struggle to break into the mainstream, Kanye said, “fuck those nominations,” in regards to his Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song nominations.

“So, when the Grammy nominations come out and Yeezus is the Top 1 or 2 albums on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys,” said the rapper. “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…People come to me and they congratulate me on those two nominations. Fuck those nominations.”

Joining Kanye in the Best Rap Album category are Drake (Nothing Was The Same), Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city), Jay Z (Magna Carta Holy Grail) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (The Heist). In addition to Kanye’s “New Slaves,” other songs nominated for Best Rap Song include A$AP Rocky's "F***in' Problems,” Jay-Z's “Holy Grail,” Drake's “Started From The Bottom” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Thrift Shop.”

Kanye is currently in the process of winding down his "Yeezus Tour," which is scheduled to make stops in Anaheim, California; Detroit; Chicago; and other cities before the end of the year.

Video from Kanye's tour stop in Phoenix can be found below (via 2DopeBoyz).

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  • john
    Does he realize that it is mainly because his work is of the type that is common among African americans? And, that is why he has not won against a white person? Because there aren't nearly as many white artists in the categories he is in! But then again, even the most obvious things are not obvious to him. I get small laughs out of the circus that is Kanye. He can't understand things, so it must of course be that the whole world is against him or doesn't get how "great" he is. Everyone can have an opinion and here is mine. He can rap, but I am not sure how he thinks that qualifies him to compete with musicians and artists in other categories. Just because he is popular does not make him great or a proven talent. There are plenty of talented people that never become famous.
  • Derrick
    Not true. 2005 he won against the Beastie Boys, and in 2006 he won against Eminem. There may be issues of race here, but his statement isn't true.
  • Anonymous
    SORRY KANYE BUT THERES A REASON YEEZUS IS YOUR FIRST ALBUM TO NOT SELL PLATINUM!!! IT SUCKED
  • Anonymous
    kanye gonna go the MJ route and turn into a full blown whitey before he dies just watch! then they still wont except him and it has nothing to do with race. a fucktard is a fucktard no matter what color he/she is.
    • Cory P
      I read your last sentence like Horton... XD
  • killa ego
    the grammys are a joke. only good album on that list is good kid maad city. then you got kanyes worst album, one of jay-zs 2 or three worst albums, and two albums of faggot bitch shit.
  • Anonymous
    Oh the 'race card' again isi. I am sick to death of this narcasistic crybaby.
  • poppa large
    this article means nothing. real hip hop cats dont recognize the grammys. that shit is for mainstream, commercial, watered down artists and non rap. stop acknowledging the pusssy ass grammys!
  • Anonymous
    omg i hate this guy with such a burning passion
  • Anonymous
    Is he saying that there are no other 36 year olds with 21 Grammys? There may not be any current 36 year olds with 21 Grammys, but I'm sure there are older award winners that have 21 or more Grammy awards.
  • Anonymous
    You can't go from being a douche to playing a victim and expect sympathy. It don't work that way man, plus who gives fuck about a hotdamn grammy?
  • Anonymous
    Anyone catch South Park last night? shit could have been better hes given us so much material to mock him with in the last few months!
  • J Dirty
    Damn,All them albums up for Grammys blow ass..Who picks these shits?...Im thinkin a fat ass bald white guy sittin in a office somwere
    • Anonymous
      i believe they have a committee or committees who decide
  • SmallsBiggie
    I think this dude is talking about the MAJOR categories and he is right. Most of his wins are in the RAP/R&B categories, which 95% of the time the other artists are black. I can see that as being a slap in the face. So you nominate Ye in all these big categories all of the time but he only wins against his other RAP peers and people. If Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win in any of the MAJOR categories they are nominated in I would be pissed. Its all politics. What other black/rap artist has been nominated in the major categories and won recently??? NONE! Ye is the only black artis to consistently be in the categories and never win. Its like them saying well we need to put somebody from the genre in there but they wont win anyway. Thats like going to the super bowl 5 times and losing but winning MVP 4 or 5 times. Hell, if its about his funky attitude and rants then stop nominating him. If Kendrick doesnt win 1 or 2 Grammy's thats another slap. Hollywood and the music game is all political. We have been brainwashed for years. How many Record of the Years and Album of the Years do people in the hood bump?? Ye is the only dude that will speak up. Other artists get happy about getting a nom in their own category. Hell, if I think my album is dope and should be up for a MAJOR award then stand up and thats for all artists. Thats like saying ya'll good but ya'll just some rappers so stick over there. Same thing with these Golden Globe Awards, the Butler was left off and so was Angela Bassett.
    • Anonymous
      "How many Record of the Years and Album of the Years do people in the hood bump?? " people in the hood dont matter. and they dont bump Yeezus either!
    • Anonymous
      So he throwing a fit because his album wasnt good enough to win or even be nominated for album of the year? Seems dumb to me. Try harder next time.
    • Anonymous
      Stop reposting shit queerboy
  • jaceshadoe
    kanye always finds a way to complain or cry about something....."poor me, everybody is out to get me B/C i'm rich, black, and speaks my mind"............STFU........dude hasn't dropped a decent worth listening album since 200-08ish
  • Al Sharpton
    As emperor of black people, I declare that Kanye West no longer has a right to speak about the struggles of the black community. He could of married a beautiful black woman that already has five kids and lives in the projects but no...he decided to marry a RICH WHITE WOMAN instead. We feel that Kanye West is a traitor to his own people. He's all black black black right during the day and then goes home to his WHITE FAMILY at night. Don't get me wrong, Kanye West is still better then every single white person on this earth (including Eminem, awwwww shiitttt just pissed yall white boys off wit dat 1) but at the end of the day Kanye is no longer a preacher for the black community. The Grammys are still racist thought, and we will be protesting.
  • Dan Torres
    Okusually I don't comment on Kanye's stupid statements, but this might be one of the stupidest things he has ever said in his life, besides the fact that it's completely untrue. Let's look at the facts: In 2005, Yeezy won a Grammy for Best Rap Album for The College Drop Out, beating the Beastie Boys in order to do so. In 2006, Kanye won both Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album, beating Eminem in both categories. In 2010, he won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Jay-Z and Rihanna for "Run This Town", beating The Lonely Island, then finally, in 2012, he won the same award for "All of the Lights", beating Eminem and Dre to do so. He's beat out white people five times, at least. I may have missed some. But hey, while were here, let's see how many times Yeezy's actually LOST to white people. John Mayer in 2005 for Song of the Year Maroon 5 in 2005 for Best New Artist U2 in 2006 for Album of the Year. Linkin Park and Jay-Z in 2006 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Green Day in 2006 for Record of the Year. Coldplay in 2009 for Song of the Year. Eminem in 2010 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Eminem in 2011 for Best Rap Solo Performance. & Adele in 2012 for Song of the Year. So, out of Kanye's 54 Grammy nominations and his 21 wins, he's only lost to white people nine times. Not even 20% of the time. Chill Kanye.
    • BiggieSmalls
      I think this dude is talking about the MAJOR categories and he is right. Most of his wins are in the RAP/R&B categories, which 95% of the time the other artists are black. I can see that as being a slap in the face. So you nominate Ye in all these big categories all of the time but he only wins against his other RAP peers and people. If Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win in any of the MAJOR categories they are nominated in I would be pissed. Its all politics. What other black/rap artist has been nominated in the major categories and won recently??? NONE! Ye is the only black artis to consistently be in the categories and never win. Its like them saying well we need to put somebody from the genre in there but they wont win anyway. Thats like going to the super bowl 5 times and losing but winning MVP 4 or 5 times. Hell, if its about his funky attitude and rants then stop nominating him. If Kendrick doesnt win 1 or 2 Grammy's thats another slap. Hollywood and the music game is all political. We have been brainwashed for years. How many Record of the Years and Album of the Years do people in the hood bump?? Ye is the only dude that will speak up. Other artists get happy about getting a nom in their own category. Hell, if I think my album is dope and should be up for a MAJOR award then stand up and thats for all artists. Thats like saying ya'll good but ya'll just some rappers so stick over there. Same thing with these Golden Globe Awards, the Butler was left off and so was Angela Bassett.
    • Anonymous
      BruthaDee wuttup
    • Anonymous
      Dan Torres just fucking owned Kayne Kardashian
  • Sumone needs to WORLDSTAR this chipmunk lookin fuck
    This fuck-boy did not just pull the race card at least 3/4 of ur album sales have been to white people the hood aint buying 808's and yeezus bitch. Ur an average mc who makes great beats get ur head out ur hole already
  • Anonymous
    Kayne Kardashian is a gay fish
  • Anonymous
    What a fucking fag, I hope he shits himself today
  • Anonymous
    This nigga gay
  • Anonymous
    I remember years ago they put this fool on the cover of Time Magazine for being a fucking rapper and he was still complaining about they made him come off too sensitive and emotional!!! Nigga when you getting emotional over someone calling you emotional you need to check yourself!
  • Anonymous
    Hahahahhaha fucking millionaire rapper with lots of awards somehow figures out how to make himself the victim of racism
  • do your homework
    To the 5 boroughs, 2005 grammys, no white people involved?
  • Anonymous
    recovering gay fish gonna marry the fucking hobbit
  • John G
    His first 2 albums are his best...I'm a white guy that has always thought Kanye was great, and I stuck up for him when he said racist shit. I think this is crazy though, seriously man grow up! Everyone on the planet knows who you are, and you claim to be victimized?
    • NBrooklynY
      Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is his best album
    • johnjohnphenom
      Blueprint was "his" best album but solo has got to go to his 1st 3 albums. Mbdtf was epic but didn't change the game like the others. Btw I'm white and didn't buy 808s or yeezus, just sayin
  • 614grind
    Adidas gotta be pissed right now. He got his deal and now he's crying about some new shit.
    • Anonymous
      and apologizing to nike LOL
  • 614grind
    He should be glad those execs forced Yeezus to the Gold plaque status it did get. That album was an embarrassment.
  • Anonymous
    this guy is always whining about shit no one gives a fuck about... oh boo hoo you only won 21 grammys instead of 24 who fucking cares nigga get a life those arent real problems
  • Robbin Tanks 4 Ammo
    Its close to crazy to be so in love with yourself that you're the biggest groupie of self! Still he is a great artist!
  • Anonymous
    Kanye didn't not get a Grammy cause he's black. It's cause all his new music SUCKS MY BALLS.
    • Anonymous
      no one got any grammys yet this year dog. and he has a few nominations just not in the category he would have liked which is album of the year
  • ROYCE KNOWS KANYE A RACIST HATER
    And this will be the realest shit I ever wrote Now let's talk about the BET Awards When Kanye went to the podium for the win And mentioned everyone in the same category as him but me and Em He said they motivated him And normally that would be ammo to hate on him But that ain't my M.O! My M.O. is to be mo' motivatin' This new-wave culture is so cultivatin'! Where the fuck do I fit in? And this will be the realest shit I ever wrote