Kanye at the Grammys

If there’s one thing I hate it’s admitting someone else is right. If you ask my mom, she says that’s because I’m stubborn, a trait I apparently got from my dad’s side of the family. Although I’ll rarely admit that my mom is right when she insists I should wear a jacket, I’ll gladly agree with Kanye West when it comes to the 2015 Grammy’s. Okay, he probably shouldn’t have gone on stage when Beck was awarded Album of the Year but…

During a post-show interview with E!, Kanye shared some of his thoughts with Terrance Jenkins and sister-in-law Khloé Kardashian. I won’t examine every sentence of West’s post-ceremony rant—you can find it in its entirety anywhere and everywhere online. But here are a few sentences that really stick out:

“I just know that the Grammy’s, 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… Because what happens when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day… But y’all know what it meant when ‘Ye walked on the stage.”

Yes Kanye, we definitely know. We haven’t forgotten your Taylor Swift run-in six years ago. Yes, it’s already been six years since that 2009 fiasco! By now, thanks to the power of the Internet, we’ve all seen the Vine of everyone’s reaction as ‘Ye walked onto the stage and I’m pretty sure my facial expression mirrored Jay Z’s.

Speaking of Mr. Carter, why isn’t he the one rushing the stage when his wife is “snubbed” at the Grammy’s? Just some food for thought.

As much as I appreciate Kanye’s dedication and loyalty, I’m pretty sure Jay Z watches from afar because he realizes that there’s so much more to musical success than a golden gramophone statue. Or at least that’s the reason I’m going to run with—partially because I want to believe Jay Z and I are capable of thinking on the same wavelength. A girl can dream, right?

Putting my unrealistic dreams aside, I have to ask one question: What does winning an award actually mean? Okay, being referred to as a “Grammy winner” or “Grammy nominated artist” must feel absolutely incredible but those words don’t guarantee success.

Don’t believe me? Check out a few artists who have never won a Grammy: Bob Marley, Tupac, Queen, Jim Hendrix, Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion or whatever his name is this week), The Grateful Dead, ZZ Top, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Janis Joplin, One Direction, Notorious B.I.G., Run D.M.C., The Ramones, Kiss, Journey, Toby Keith, ABBA, Miley Cyrus, and a bunch of others! The artists I’ve listed above have changed the music industry forever; each brought a unique component that cannot be duplicated.

Let that sink in. Some of your favorite artists have never won a Grammy. You’re still listening to their music, right? You’re still anticipating their upcoming albums, right? You’ll still refresh your webpage a million times trying to get tickets to their next world tour, right? Grammy or not, you’re staying by their side, right? Let us know! Send us a tweet at @weknowthedj and let’s talk!

 

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