Now with the Water Cooler Buzz and India Irie streak to Tumblr it was obvious something went Down at the Grammys!!.....
When it comes to this years 56 Grammy Awards.... I didn't watch it, but I have been hearing the buzz around the water cooler that pretty much everybody is talking about a "Good Kid" from a" M.A.A.D City" Kendrick Lamar. Now, don't get me wrong I didn't watch it, but I did watch clips from the event and did some of my own research and this is what I found out.....
Kendrick did not win in any of the following categories which includes Best New Artist of the Year, best rap performer, best rap song, or best rap album in which a lot of people think he should have won, at least in one of the categories, however instead McLemore and Ryan Lewis won, sewing up all the categories!
Then India Arie went to Tumblr expressing her feelings about this past Sunday's Grammy's awards, which she did and according to thegrio.com and Ms.Arie expressed:
" Kendrick was robbed, but he was not the only one who was robbed. Personally, I was pleased he was able to perform and they Killed! It! one of the few moving moments of the night for me"....
She further express:
If the hip hop and R&B Community voted the same -for each category -we'd see winners that reflect the Music Itself we all know that's just not the way it goes".
So, maybe her point is valet but either way I think if the Hip- Hop and R&B Community would have been able to vote, Kendrick most certainly would have won as Best New Artist in my opinion, but let's let the music speak. Rollingout.com makes a great point out the situation.
"Musically, The Heist was tailored for the radio with pop hits such as “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” and “Same Love.” Mackemore, who is an independent artist, also went after the major label system with the song “Jimmy Iovine” and touched on the sneaker culture with “Wings.”
"When compared to Kendrick’s good kid, M.A.A.D City, The Heist doesn’t come close. Instead of leaning on radio singles, Kendrick created a cohesive album that told the coming of age story of a teen experiencing life in Compton, Calif. In an age where rap singles and mixtapes rule...."
But was Kendrick robbed of a Grammy!? Was the Buzz True?And from what I do know and have come to find out is that, it's a matter of your own opinion, and yes the buzz was true. None the less my opinion is Kendrick wasn't going to win period. Like rollingout.com mentioned and I agree... Kendrick Lamar wasn't "leaning on radio singles, Kendrick created a cohesive album that told the coming story of a teen experiencing life in Compton,Cali. in a age where rap singles and mixtapes rule."
But, that's why the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, Source Awards, BET Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards and so forth are held, to be able to show Acknowledgement, Respect, and Honor to those who are really doing it Big in the Hip Hop, Rap and R&B industry. Some people take the Awards I just mentioned above more seriously than the Grammy's when it comes to Hip Hop, Rap & R&B, but then you have others who feel the Grammy's are more important.
Moreover, rollingout comments "Macklemore shouldn't be blamed. He did put out decent music and he's a decent artist who released a decent album and he even suggested that Kendrick should win the award for Best Album before the ceremony began." Now, I don't know if he suggested Kendrick should win, but I can agree Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has released some cool tracks.
Now with that being said...What did K.Dot have to say about Macklemore winning? Well, according to pithfork.com Kendrick Lamar responded:
"It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man... He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go."
They go on to share....
"XXL the site asked Lamar for his opinion on the Grammy's treatment of hip-hop broadly, and whether it is undervalued?" And I'll close with Kendrick's opinion to the question:
"I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre..We part of the world.,We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip hop because it's music as a whole, its not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and thats how it goes. And we are a part of that."