Kanye West rants about his 2 Grammy noms for ‘Yeezus’: ‘F–k those nominations!’

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Pity poor Kanye West. Yeezington has won 21 Grammys in his career thus far, but like a petulant, self-absorbed baby, Yeezington wants MORE. He wants people to recognize him for the creative genius he is. He wants the world to genuflect whenever he drops a truth-bomb of music. So when Yeezington poured his soul into his album Yeezus, I guess he thought that Yeezus would take ALL the Grammys. Instead, Yeezus only got nominated for two Grammys this year. But it’s still good, because now we have a new rant! Kanye ranted about the Grammy nominations a few nights ago while on stage in Phoenix:

“I’m 36-years old and I have 21 Grammys. That’s the most Grammys of any 36-year old. Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist. So when the Grammys nominations come out, and ‘Yeezus’ is the top one or two album on every single list. But only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice? Do they think that, someway, that I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment? But no, no; Only positive energy [and] only positive vibes. But when you see me talking about what people are doing when I say ‘marginalized,’ when I say ‘boxed in’ when I say ‘hold back,’ when I say ‘people are afraid of the truth,’ that’s one example right there in front of you. People come to me and congratulate me on those two nominations. F–k those nominations!”

[Via Billboard]

He’s such a wonderful baby about everything. It’s just so… God, I love him. It’s like it would never occur to him to shrug and say, “Eh, the Grammys don’t mean anything anyway.” Because seriously, the Grammys don’t mean anything. There’s not some huge caché attached to being a “Grammy winner” or anything. Is it nice to win things? Sure. But somehow, I think Yeezington will manage to continue thriving. I just wish he would take a moment and realize that.

During a Grammy event this week, Arsenio Hall was asked about Kanye’s recent comments (some of which were about Arsenio) and Arsenio went off in the most beautiful, articulate way about The Problem With Yeezus. #teamarsenio #nodisrespecttobenaffleck

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  1. Dani2 says:

    Arsenio said everything that there is to say about this topic. I never really liked him but he spoke the truth.

  2. Frenzy says:

    Wondering about Yeezus reaction to the South Park Kim “the hobbit” episode!

    • Dani2 says:

      I think he already ranted about that one lol, it’s funny how he’s more well known for being difficult than he is for being a rapper these days.

      • swack says:

        Not so much as being difficult but for his rants (JMO). Couldn’t understand what he was saying about Arsenio Hall and his leaving his show, but really Kanye, speak only for yourself and Kim. And get over yourself. Great comments by Arsenio.

  3. TeresaGiudice says:

    I get such weird vibes every time I see a picture of him. He’s definitely the kind of person who sucks the life out of every room he walks into.

    • Liv says:

      I wonder how his mother brought him up. He’s like a man child. I mean he’s angry about things even kids know better about.

      • Mel says:

        Totally. I don’t think he’s the kind of person that will ever be satisfied, he loves being angry. I get exhausted just reading about how much energy he puts into being angry and all if his ranting.

      • gefeylich says:

        He was probably brought up a lot like Chris Brown, only obviously without the domestic violence. In other words, his mother worshiped him, overindulged him, and fed into the narcissism which made him the insufferable, spoiled man-child he persists in being now.

        One of the reasons I think he’s ramped up all the rants lately is because he’s so enraged that his plan to eclipse Beyonce and Jay-Z as the celebrity power couple has failed so miserably. Choosing the trashy, vapid Kardashian as his girlfriend/babymama was his first huge misstep, and now he’s boxed into a corner and can’t extricate himself without looking like [even more of] a foolish douche. Add that to the failure of his current tour AND the fact that he’s vilified every day on celebrity blogs and in social media, and you’ve got one angry little man. I’ll bet he really misses his mama now.

    • MonkSolo says:

      Kanye reminds me of when I didn’t listen to a lesson and a teacher asked me to summarize. After my “summary” the teacher said, … “well, that’s the cartoon version of what happened.” Kanye seems to live in a cartoon version of the world.

      • Petee says:

        Totally agree Mel.I think he likes to be angry too.He is lucky he has won 21 grammy’s.I guess they didn’t know who to give them too.I can only name one song of his and that is it.He has won more grammys then the Beatles so there is a whole lot of wrong right there.He just sucks!

  4. Anna says:

    I agree with Arsenio..
    As for the Grammy nominations, the Grammys have had a history of leaving out rap/hip-hip artists when they deserve to be nominated (which has led to various boycotts).. In this case I think Yeezus should have gotten a few more nominations, but it isn’t worthy of a Kanye rant for sure and he should just let it go.

    • Kiddo says:

      He (Kanye) does have a point, but at the same time, the Grammys have probably never rewarded/reflected the best of the best, have they? I thought they mostly went with ‘safe’ choices like the Oscars. I haven’t watched or paid attention for a few years, but that was my impression. That they were popularity votes, not billboard hits, and not necessarily artistic talent, but once in a while they would throw in a surprise and get it right. I’m not sure if that is an accurate assessment.

      But if he is as anti-establishment as he purports to be, why would he need to concern himself with what the establishment has to say?

      I like Arsenio’s take on using the word “slave”. Don’t dilute it.

      • dagdag says:

        I took the time to read his New Slave lyrics (?) and really, he has no idea about slavery.

        Roman law, Ulpian, says “Slavery is seen as equal to Death”.

      • Anna says:

        @dagdag I think you misunderstand the song. The Young Turks on youtube has a great analysis of it if you want to understand the song.

      • ya says:

        ya very true.

      • dagdag says:

        @Anna

        Thanks for the link, unfortunately I can not listen, my speakers don´t work.

        New Slaves´ message is mainly about private prisons and their corrupt system, I think? OK, this is a gossip page, I will make it short:

        “Slavery is seen as equal to Death” means just that. A slave is not a person, the slave is socially dead, has no citizenship, no rights, no family, no children, no social ties. A slave is a thing, is someones´ property. The slave as being human is totally irrelevant.

        And this, in my opinion, does not describe prisoners.

    • ya says:

      ya the grammys really don’t mean much at all…….. partly because of their well documented racist history.

  5. Secret Squirrel says:

    He’s going to have to pull his head out of his ar$e if he wants to get more Grammy nominations in the future. He’ll b!tch about it now with only two nominations, but if he came back with heaps of nominations next year, he would no doubt sing the praises of the Grammy gods.
    No respect for his fellow nominees or his own limitations.

    • Chrissy says:

      So true. He’s always whining about not getting any/ enough respect, but then he can’t be a big enough man to show respect to anyone else either. He’s his own worst enemy, always shooting himself in the foot.

  6. Anna says:

    Wow. An amazing speech that preaches without being preachy. *STANDS UP. CLAPS.*

  7. blue marie says:

    *snickers* how many did Swifty get?

  8. Patricia says:

    Can you even imagine living with Kanye? It truly makes me feel bad for Kim, she must listen to rant after rant and you know there’s no point even responding anything but “yes Kanye, you are correct Kanye, you are a genius Kanye”.
    I feel like someone who is this ranty in public could easily be emotionally and verbally abusive in private. Kim probably looks so zonked out all the time lately because she’s truly exhausted from Kanye.

    • Frenzy says:

      I honestly don’t feel bad for her. She’s been dying to hook up with an A lister! She dumped Kris H for more stupider reasons. If she was not getting anything out of this relationship she would’ve dumped Kanye. I’m willing to bet she’s loving all the attention and the press that she’s been getting….after all this is Kim the famewhore extraordinaire that we’re talking about!

      • TG says:

        Agreed Kimmy and PMK follow the money and famewhore train. Why do you think PMK’s head is in every shot with these two. She is a third wheel in this relationship. Of course Kim is a third wheel as well since she comes second to Riccardo Tisci. PMK stormed the field after Reggie Bush’s team one the Super Bowl. Notice PMK is never seen out and about with her other son-in-laws. They don’t bring fame and money so why bother. Pretty soon she will be tagging along with Kendall and that OneD kid.

      • Nicolette says:

        I don’t feel bad for her either. She’s a huge famewhore, and like a moth drawn to the flame she found someone who is an even bigger famewhore. They feed off each other’s narcissism and bask in the attention, good or bad, that they get each other.

      • nico says:

        Don’t feel bad for her. She will get her revenge by spreading nasty rumors about him in the press AFTER they split.

    • Nina W says:

      Please, like Kim actually listens to him, that’s a laugh.

  9. BeckyR says:

    I thought the Grammy Awards were for those who can actually sing…..Kanye recites…a whole different thing.

  10. Anaya says:

    Preach Arsenio! Preach!!

  11. feebee says:

    He’s 36 years old with 21 Grammys and he’s doesn’t know shit. He’s grateful for nothing. The music industry OWES him…. for what I’m not sure. Best selling album doesn’t always mean awards. Do you see actors or directors of blockbuster movies crying about the Oscars? Nope, they’re happy to make their movies and rake in the cash, safe in the knowledge that their public loves them.

    Arsenio was pretty kind in his wording. If Kanye wants to talk like a tantruming child all the time then maybe someone should talk to him like so. Yes, Kanye the awards are for the white people. And if you say F**k the nominations again, they’re going to take them off you and give them to more white people. Or is it just me who uses sarcasm inappropriately?

  12. OrangeBlohan says:

    That was two more nominations that he should have gotten! He’s a total a$$hat!

  13. Syko says:

    Until we can stop comparing black to white, we won’t have true racial equality. We need to be looking at talent, achievements and peoplehood, not whining because the white guys got more nominations than the black guys. Kanye wants everyone to be color blind except himself. He’s a whinybaby.

    • Naye in VA says:

      You cant achieve change without speaking about it. Not that Kanye’s concern is relevant but…ijs.

      • yolo112 says:

        Humm…in all honesty, if you look at the list for best rap song/ record/etc, this category is LOADED with really great artists and songs that far exceed his efforts. If he’s being pissy because he wasn’t nominated for more, maybe he should look at his material NOT the color of his skin. I’m not saying there probably is some underlining racial thing goin on but considering his past Grammy nods, this seems very much like a SDASTFU situation because he’s just being the big ass baby he is. Stop with the race card…especially with music, of all things.

    • IzzyB says:

      I agree with both of you.

      If Kayne had stood up and said Hip Hop/Rap was woefully underrepresented and therefore a whole genre of artists, black and white, were being ignored, I’d have paid attention.

      As it is, he seems to use the race card all the time and it’s rapidly losing effect.

      If he pointed out a proper issue of discrimination, not just whining about himself, that would be ok.

      • Jayna says:

        Agreed. Plus Justin’s 20/20 Experience was shut out of Album of the Year, which is a shocker, and Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox. also, which surpised me. Two albums that were thought would be nominated.

    • idk says:

      @ IzzyB

      Totally agree. Kanye seems to be the type of guy who screams racism if his burger wasn’t made correctly. Yes, he may feel frustrated that the world is unfair, but why doesn’t he talk to people who are really going through things. He’s rich and successful, and like Arsenio said “what struggle is he going through?”.

  14. Kate says:

    I sure hope the Grammy voters see this and don’t vote for him to win

  15. tifzlan says:

    I feel like Kanye is teetering on the edge of self-destruction. He just keeps coming up with more and more outrageous things to say. I wonder if he rants to Kim before bed every night. Of course, it’s possible that he really is just a big ole baby but i was a fan of his first two albums and i really don’t recall him being THIS narcissistic and outlandish, even though he still believed himself to be the greatest rap artist of all time (per his favorite three words to describe anything). It’s so odd seeing him behave this way but i’m also getting real tired of it.

    • Han says:

      I know, i was a fan payed to see his shows, loved his music back in the day. Now he is just one big joke to me. I can’t even bring myself to buy his last album. Its a combination of these constant rants and seeing him out and about with the kardashians every day in pap pics.

  16. MaiGirl says:

    Wow. Arsenio was the right man at the right time with the right words! This goes to show that often comedians are the best social critics. It takes intelligence and keen powers of observation to be funny, and Arsenio was using ALL his powers at that podium! Seriously respect this man in a new way.

  17. Evi says:

    I would have thought him to hook up with a female musician/singer, which would have added credibility. The fact that he has become embroiled in the Kardashian sideshow/circus has rubbed off and downgraded him [if it was possible to downgrade him more].

  18. ernie says:

    “Do they think that I wouldn’t notice?”
    This is making me laugh so hard.

    • idk says:

      He suffers from paranoia…seriously something is wrong with him. He has made millions and has had a very successful career yet all he talks about is what he DOESN’T have instead of what he DOES have. Ungrateful.

  19. Lark says:

    Kanye is annoying me nowadays, but to be fair I find it messed up that people are attributing fake quotes to him nowadays (the one about saying Kim was bigger than Bey, or the Nelson Mandela thing) without bothering to factcheck.

    He’s so dumb though sometimes. Bish please, you have TWENTY ONE GRAMMY awards. The Grammy’s have become kind of a joke the past two years too, I mean come on Katy Perry? So yeah, he needs to chill.

    • idk says:

      I bet he keeps his 21 grammy’s in a glass cabinet or something. Please, he cares about those grammy’s…if he didn’t then why the rant? It’s funny because I saw an interview with Kim yesterday and she stated Kanye is the sweetest person she’s ever met. She must have met only jerks before him then, because “sweet” is not how most would describe him. Unless this is all an act for attention.

  20. Sam says:

    Now I’m really, really hoping he not only loses in both categories, but loses to Macklemore. I want to see him lose best Rap Album to a white guy. I think the ensuing rage just might make his head explode and we’ll be rid of him.

  21. Han says:

    I just noticed that the jesus in kanyes stage show is white. If he is so anti establishment and his art is so challenging why did he cast a stereotypical looking white guy as his Jesus?

  22. CaliforniaDreams says:

    After his military/police officer comment, I have zero respect for Kanye, and can’t even get myself to care about his latest rants. He’s so out of touch with reality it’s ridiculous, a good example being choosing Kim as his beard and not realizing till it was too late that she is seen as nothing more than a cheesy vapid reality star by the majority of the country.

  23. Jayna says:

    Arsenio, I bow down to you in your amazing response to Kanye using your name in his latest tirade.

  24. Mylene - Montreal says:

    SO A GREAT DAY !!! Arsenio Hall, The Chief Oliver and Beyonce new album !!!! Poor Kimye … =)

  25. Dawn says:

    I can’t believe anyone can love a 36 year old who acts like he is 15 at all times. Really I find nothing attractive about him or his actions. And let us NOT forget that out of 21 grammys wins, the majority were for work he did with others, just not him alone. Good god, Christopher Cross won a bunch of grammys too but where is he today? I can no longer abide this immature fool or those who continually stick up for him, he not anything that he says he is and should be down on his knees thanking the Universe for all that he’s been given instead of crying about everything and everyone. He is nothing more than a tiresome jerk that the majority of grown adults are tired of and can the jerk take an English class and learn that when one swears all the time as he does it makes him sound like an uneducated fool. Again two is too many for this imbecile whose luck is running out as I type this. Poser.

  26. Jaded says:

    Kanye continues to fan the flames of reverse racism, blaming the white guys for everything. My advice to him is twofold:

    1) Learn to speak English properly, articulate clearly. Advanced and largely unintelligible Ebonics creates an even larger divide between black and white.

    2) Take the goddam chip off your shoulder and appreciate your success and your fans, both black and white, instead of haranguing them every chance you get about how hard your life is.

    You’re fast losing credibility and nobody likes being talked down to when they’ve just spent half their weekly salary on a ticket to see you in concert.

    Oh, and get some meds, your Schizotypal Personality Disorder is reaching a dangerous level.

  27. idk says:

    Haha does he really think he has the power to diminish the credibility of the grammy’s? Exactly how does he plan on doing that? There are still many many artists out there who strive to win a grammy one day, Kanye can’t take that away from them. He needs help. The only credibility being diminished is his OWN (after dating Kim).

    Glad Arsenio shut him up.

  28. Ruyana says:

    I seriously do think he’s mentally ill. So he got two nominations. What happens if he doesn’t win either of them? He’ll probably rave for days. I’ve never heard his so-called music, but I’ve read plenty of his unhinged rants.

  29. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I went from being mildly amused to sincerely concerned to skeptical to bored over the last few weeks. Is he really going to keep doing this forever? I almost didn’t even read this post, and next time, I won’t.

  30. Jane says:

    Great comment from Arsenio. He lives in the real world so he knows what he is talking about and he expressed himself very well. Too bad more people in the industry don’t do the same. Arsenio’s comment about using the world slave was so true. The fact is Kanye not only has no clue what the word really means, but he if he had lived during those times he would never have been strong enough to mentally survive.

    As for the Grammys, since he feels so discriminated against and disrespected, I assume he won’t be there. I mean, why would he be available to accept a possible award from a bunch of racists?

  31. shinymarbles says:

    Does this really say that there’s no caché to being a Grammy-winning artist??? The Grammy’s have recognized and launched a lot of players in the industry from mixers, producers, engineers, and yes, actual artists. In the music world, you’re FAR more likely to get work and placements if you can say Grammy-nominated or Grammy-award winning than if you can’t. As a working musician, I can say definitively that the Grammy organization & NARAS have a) tons of caché b) do a lot of extremely important work (namely MusicCares) c) have a surprising amount of influence over what goes on in the relatively small community of top-tier artists and professionals. This even includes people who don’t “need” them, like Katy Perry. She’s a Grammy darling in the same way that Jennifer Lawrence is to the Oscar’s.

    The issue here is that they have little understanding of hip hop, how to classify it, and what to do with the entire community. Kanye is right when he says they don’t matter to him. But did his first Grammy matter? Um, yes. His major partnerships outside of the hip hop world started after his first Grammy nomination (& win). But I agree that there’s something strange about the way they’ve avoided the more typical popularity contest: by having people who used to be at the top of their game, (almost always older white males) voting on this generation’s music. That doesn’t make the Grammy’s themselves insignificant, though.

    Also, I know it seems like we’re all losing interest in the Grammy’s because they’re old hat (I know even I am and I’m attending this year), but their viewership/ratings have never been higher.

    Sorry for the rant, but it’s really odd how statements like “Grammy’s have no caché” can be made with so much confidence and so little knowledge.

    • Jane says:

      Of course your right the Grammys have cache. If they didn’t Kanye wouldn’t be ranting again, despite acting like they don’t matter.

    • ya says:

      Whenever someone mentions the grammys, I always think of that old Simpson’s episode where Homer’s band wins a grammy and it ruins their career.

    • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

      Excellent comments shinymarbles: interestingly, here is a partial list of the truly great artists, all of whom piss on Kanye, that never won album of the year: Johnny Cash, The WHo, THe Grateful Dead, Radiohead, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Prince, Smokey Robinson.
      Neither Kanye nor his chums Queen Beyawnce and Camel have the musical talent or influence of any of the above; their narcissism is beyond tiresome.

  32. Dotty says:

    Wow….at first glance, Arsenio looks like Ru Paul.

  33. I Choose Me says:

    Kudos to Arsenio for setting that man child straight. His words at the end about the misappropriation of the word slave had me wanting to stand up and cheer.

  34. Skye says:

    Just fell a tiny bit in love with Arsenio.

    I just have to believe, deep down, that Kanye West goes home every night and LAUGHS TIL HE PEES. “Yo check this out, Nori… Daddy was all ‘F— the Doritos Locos Taco, you don’t think Kanye Mothaf—kin WEST know how to make Mexican food relevant? We all up in here tryin to give you my ART and you gonna tell me how you need some extra salsa. Did they ask Tupac for salsa? Did they make Rosa Parks eat salsa? NO, cuz she a CAPRICORN like Jesse Owens and Taylor Swift can’t jump no Nazi hurdles like I can either, so F—K Adidas!’ And you know what happened then, baby girl? Your Daddy bumped North Korea off the news. Let’s go wake up Mama.”

  35. Michelle says:

    Kanye is a slave to his own fragile ego. He makes himself a victim. Nobody else puts him there.

  36. Dommy Dearest says:

    Grammy = Awards from MTV

  37. JeffYork says:

    Easy, don’t give them to him. Don’t nominate him again. Wait for the rant. I feel sorry for ‘North’ with those parents wanting only the limelight.

    • idk says:

      The grammy’s can’t win. He screams racism if he doesn’t get any noms, and when they do give him a couple of noms, he still screams racism. WTH?