Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco has bet against himself for this weekend’s “Best Rap Album” category and said rap veteran Nas will likely win the golden trophy at the Grammy Awards.
In Fiasco’s opinion, there are too many high-profile fellow nominees for him to have a shot at winning with his Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 LP.
“But every album since Food & Liquor, my first official release, has been nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammys. [Will I win?] No. Clearly I won’t. [Who is the competition?] Nas, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz. [I know it by heart,] yes, and the Roots. Yup. Ah yeah, there is Drake. I forgot about Drake. … I think they’re going to give it to Nas. I think they’ll give it to Nas, to be honest.” (“Jenny Boom Boom”)
Earlier this week, Nas revealed how many times he has been nominated for a Grammy award.
“Uh…yeah,” Nas said when asked if he would be attending this month’s Grammy Awards show. “Four nods, yeah. [Have I been nominated before?] 18 times. Yeah. Yeah. [How do I feel about hip-hop being represented at the Grammys?] It’s cool. I feel it could be a little bit more loved though, a little bit more. Hip-hop is making a lot of noise. You know, it should get some more spotlight.” (“Chelsea Lately”)
Despite performing at the annual ceremony last year, Young Money’s Nicki Minaj recently kept her chin up over not receiving a nod this time around.
“I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy,” she said with a laugh. “I understand that artists and critics make a big deal over the Grammys. But when I go to my shows and I’m selling out arenas in London, and when I’m in Australia and Japan, there aren’t any Grammys there,” she said. “There are human beings who I’ve touched. There are human beings who are inspired by me, who I love dearly. And that’s what my career is based on.” (Associated Press)
In late 2012, Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz cited Nas as a huge motivator and symbol of accomplishment after sharing a Grammy nod with him for “Rap Album of the Year.”
“This is a moment of shock mixed with gratefulness. 2012 has been an unbelievably blessed for me, my family and my team in so many ways,” he said in an email on Friday (December 7). “We’ve worked so hard to create music that the fans can appreciate. And it definitely paid off. I knew when I put the album out that it would be received well, but a Grammy Rap Album of the Year nomination far surpasses my dreams. To be in the same category with legends like Nas. Man, that’s a big honor. I’m Extremely Blessed.” (MTV)
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