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Three-time loser Kanye West gripes about who won Grammy's top prize

October 21, 2010 |  1:24 pm

Kanye West Disses Grammys newsKanye West just can't resist slamming awards when he thinks they made a wrong choice. Didn't he get into enough trouble interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards to complain that Beyonce should've won?

Now he's blasting the Grammys over recent picks for best album, including Taylor Swift's victory. "Why are the last four albums of the year Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock? Like, you know, with all due respect, that's inaccurate," Kanye told Access Hollywood. "Where's our instant replay clock?"

Instead, he believes voters should've picked top-selling discs: "It's like 'SexyBack' -- you know what I’m saying? Like [Justin Timberlake's] 'FutureSex/LoveSounds,' Gnarls Barkley. How about Usher -- 'Confessions'? How about albums that sold 10 million?"

"I pinpoint the Grammys and the VMAs because they have to take responsibility, because they mean something to us," he added. "Little kids, 6 years [old], that are singing in front of the mirror. They're also thinking about their Grammy speech; they’re thinking about when there will be a VMA, so these people, whoever run them ... they have to take some responsibility to say what really happened in culture this year because we're marking it down."

Could his real gripe be sour grapes? Curiously, he's picking on the prize for best album, which he's lost three times. His "Graduation" got skunked by Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" in 2007. U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" demolished his "Late Registration" in 2005. In 2004, his "The College Drop-Out" lost to Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company."

"It's not about me," he insisted. "I don't really care about me. That's what you don't understand. I'll jump in front of a moving car for history. It's not really about me. It's about everybody. It's about all artists. It's about fair ground. If Drake is having an awesome year and his year is better than mine, I'm not gonna say I should win. I'm gonna say Drake should win."

Curiously, Kanye just so happens to have a new album just released -- "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- and got into a tussle with L.A. Times writer Chris Lee over it.

Photo: Kanye West. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

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First off, he's right, 2nd of all, he's one 14 grammies overall. That's more then any other rapper even Eminem so far, so that instantly makes this post biased and poorly researched as far as him being a "3-time loser". Also, he's right, Beyonce or Gaga should've gotten album of the year over taylor easy

He's just a stupid rasist.

Is Kanye obsessed with Taylor Swift? Why does he keep going at her? He thinks his opinion is more important that anyone else in the world. Why should the Grammy voters care about his "opinion" is as biased as one can get. He thinks all hip-hop albums should win and all country albums shouldn't, what a shocker. The guy thinks so highly of himself...which is weird because he is supremely overrated and not as talented as everyone makes him out to be. In fact, I think Taylor Swift is more talented than least she doesn't write songs filled with profanities or do cheap publicity stunts for attention. Also, if I'm not wrong, she sold more than 10 million by Kanye's definition, she should have won sicne she had the best selling album of the year. The guy lacks brain cells...he is contradicting himself. Just go away.

Keep in mind that Album, Record, & Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards are voted on by all members of the organization since these awards represent the best from all forms of music. And yes, sometimes popularity, politics, lets make up for past snubbs, etc play a roll in the award winning BUT enough voters across all genres of music must be on the same wave length for these albums/songs to win. Taylor Swift had a very successful year & her album won many awards leading up to the Grammys & she won the VMA award without Kayne's stupid incident - so she was winning beforehand. And though I don't always agree with the picks (Coldplay was my pick in 09 & where did Graceland come from in 86 to win) the voters in the organization picked them & that is a large group - not just one man/woman's pick - like a top 10 list.

Lol, this article wouldn't have existed if he hadn't slammed the LA Times on Tuesday

"If anyone but kanye would have come out and said this most people would agree."

sorry... thats incorrect and did not pick it up before i posted it. If anyone but kanye would have said this no one would have notice because kanye is the only music artist that gets his every statement publish into a news article.

he is right, beyonce, gaga or the DMB should have gotten it this year, coldplay or lil wayne in 2009. kanye west, amy winehouse, and the foo fighters deserve the award more than herbie hancock in 2008. All the other nominees were better than the dixie chicks in 2007.For the sake of openness i will admit country music is something i do not care for. Is there anyone out there that actually thinks the past 4(or even 2 of the past 4) winners come close to being the best albums of the year. If anyone but kanye would have come out and said this most people would agree.

"Future Sex/Love Sounds" didn't win (thank God!) because it really sucked and "Sexyback" is a terrible song period with a catchy beat. As for the gripe of past winners, could it be those works won the top prize because most veteran recording artists put out far better music than the younger generation of musicians/singers. Although "Fearless" is such a mediocre CD and really shouldn't have won the top prize, but again, you have to look at the other nominees that were up against it...all really weak selections. I would say though that Late Registration is by far Kanye's best work than his other three releases. But the bottom line Mr. West is it's obvious that NARAS really doesn't feel that much love for you. So quit whining...the sore loser schtick is already tired!...

Seriously. you could have saved yourself a lots of words and just wrote, "Kanye gripes." End of discussion...

I seriously Hate this idiot. He is a messed up psychotic weirdo. Sorry dude. I do not beleive your recent sorry tour that you went on and the crap ass name of "Ye" that you go by is really stupid. Too bad you didn't really kill yourself. It would have made the world a better place so we didn't have to hear about what you think of the world. You are not God and never will be.

He contradicts himself. Fearless was the best selling album of 2009, yet he lists her as being an album that shouldn't of won. He needs to learn to let some things go unsaid. While everyone has the right to an opinion, there's a line you cross from expressing it to throwing it in everyone's faces. It's an award, a simple trophy to be put on display. They shouldn't mean more to an artist than their actual music. And regardless of what he says, he is not a "soldier of culture." And no album is ever going to sell an instant 10 million records again thanks to illegal downloading. Swift was a phenomenon in 2009, and her album was critically acclaimed. Whether or not you liked the album, she was one of the biggest things in pop culture the last year.

six year old kids dont think about grammys they probably think about sports

He has a point. Out of all the awards shows, the Grammys most consistently award mediocrity. I'm not sure I agree more with the albums he's picking as being better choices, but it'd be nice to see a top Grammy go to an interesting, forward-looking artist instead of the MOR stuff they seem to go for.



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