If you watched the 2014 Grammy awards, you witnessed a huge travesty of justice and a huge slap in the face to all that is good and right.
No, I’m not talking about the 33 couples who joined together in matrimony. Come on, that was flippin’ beautiful. Get with the program.
I’m not talking about Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s unannounced performance, with Bey looking like she just washed her hair. True enough, it wasn’t the greatest performance, but it didn’t have to be. We didn’t even know we were getting it, and we should be eternally grateful that the couple that owns the world decided to grant us a selection at all. It’s funny how a not-so-stunning selection can lead to speculation about the state of someone’s marriage and everything else under the sun. Could you have done better? Then sit down somewhere.
I’m not talking about Pharrell stepping on stage in a Smokey the Bear drill sergeant hat and his little brother’s Adidas jacket. Come on, that was awesome. It’s like saying “I’m Pharrell dammit.” Soon, kids everywhere will be rocking those hats. Look on the bright side: Forest fires may go down significantly as a result of the constant reminders, especially after he, along with Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers, rightfully won Record of the Year for “Get Lucky.”
I’m not even talking about that God-awful “halftime show” featuring Terry Bradshaw, Deion Sanders and company. Yes, that was pretty bad. But I’m not talking about that.
No, I’m talking about the moment when the winner of the Grammy for Best Rap Album was announced, and it wasn’t Kendrick Lamar. The award went to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who also earlier won the Best New Artist award, for which Kendrick was also nominated. When the Best New Artist winner was announced, I looked at my son Austin and said “are you serious?” But then I rationalized that one could make the case that Kendrick isn’t exactly a new artist. You could argue the same about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but okay. No biggie. There’s still the Best Rap Album award, and Kendrick will surely win that one, right?
First of all, hats off (especially you, Pharrell, take that ugly ass hat off) to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. They are phenomenal artists. Their song, Same Love, is a wake-up call to America that, like it or not, equality is here to stay. Regardless of your religious or moral beliefs, civil rights are civil rights, and I personally applaud their courage in standing up for their beliefs and inspiring others to do the same. My opinion on gay marriage is that if you’re against it, don’t do it. Other than that, regardless of my personal beliefs, I am against legislating morality and penalizing people by giving them less rights and privileges in society because they believe, think, act and love differently than I do.
My issue is that Kendrick Lamar is, hands down, one of the greatest rappers in history, and is by many accounts the Greatest of All Time. Relax, I said by many accounts. One of those accounts is not mine. But he’s a damn sight better of a rapper than Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and his album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city“, definitely deserved to win the award. Both artists were nominated for seven Grammys each. At the end of the night, the awards tally was as follows:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: 4; Kendrick Lamar: 0.
Fact: Macklemore himself texted Kendrick Lamar and apologized that they won the Grammy over Kendrick:
“You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech, and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love.”
Much respect to Macklemore for acknowledging that injustice, and you can’t blame the artists, after all. It’s not like they decided to give themselves the award.
Still, Kendrick Lamar not winning Best Rap Album was an injustice of the highest order. Where is Kanye West jumping on stage acting a fool when you need him? Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, I’m gonna let y’all finish…
But Kendrick Lamar had one of the greatest albums of all time.
Brian C. Scott