Eminem was nominated in 10 categories at this year’s Grammy Awards and only won two of them. Does this mean that they snubbed hip hop/rap?
Well, the Associated Press seems to think so. Here’s an excerpt from an article they wrote entitled “Eminem’s Loss Shows Grammy’s Still Behind on Rap”.
This year’s awards, however, were the lowlights in the Grammys’ complicated relationship with hip-hop. Eminem again found himself on the losing end in the album of the year category, trumped by rockers Arcade Fire for “The Suburbs” in an evening that saw him lose eight of his leading 10 possible Grammy bids.
It marked Eminem’s third loss in the category over his 12-year career and underscored the Recording Academy’s inability to fully embrace a type of music it only started to recognize in 1989, at least a decade after its birth in the Bronx.
Despite groundbreaking hip-hop albums that have changed music’s landscape — from Dr. Dre’s “Nothin’ But a G Thang” to Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint” to Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” to Kanye West’s masterpieces — a rap act has only won the coveted album of the year trophy twice.
The first award went to Lauryn Hill in 1999 for “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which featured the fierce Fugees rapper mostly singing. The second was in 2003 for OutKast’s double album “Spearkerboxxx/The Love Below,” which also featured singing, including the rock-tinged retro hit “Hey Ya.”
Read the entire article here.