Rap veteran Nas recently discussed the upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles and why hip-hop should get more prime television time rather than its regular pre-show attention.
In Nasty Nas’ perspective, hip-hop deserves ample camera time during the prestigious awards ceremony.
“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”)
Recently, Young Money’s Nicki Minaj addressed not receiving a Grammy nod despite dropping her Pink Friday: Roman’s Revenge sophomore album last year.
“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)
A couple years ago, Nas’ former manager Steve Stoute blasted the Grammy Awards for its treatment of mainstream and lesser known artists.
“So while these very artists that the public acknowledges as being worthy of their money and fandom are snubbed year after year at the Grammys, the awards show has absolutely no qualms in inviting these same artists to perform. At first I thought that you were not paying attention to the fact that the mental complexion of the world is becoming tanned, that multiculturalism and poly-ethnicity are driving new meaning as to what is culturally relevant. Interesting that the Grammys understands cultural relevance when it comes to using Eminem’s, Kanye West’s or Justin Bieber’s name in the billing to ensure viewership and to deliver the all-too-important ratings for its advertisers.” (New York Times)