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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."

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Can Usher and collaborators Beyoncé and Jay-Z win Grammys for 'Here I Stand'?

May 27, 2008 |  6:39 pm

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Usher released his long-awaited fifth studio album "Here I Stand" today to good, if not always, great reviews. The R&B singer has a lot to live up to after his last album, "Confessions," sold more than a million copies in its first week of release back in 2004. That record went on to sell 9 million albums in America, spurred on by four No. 1 singles.

While the critics were as divided about that album as they are this one, Usher earned eight Grammy Awards nominations in 2004, including record and album of the year for "Confessions." However, he won only three Grammys — best contemporary R& B album, best R& B performance by a duo or group for "My Boo" with Alicia Keys, and best rap/sung collaboration with Lil John and Ludacris for the smash single "Yeah."

In today's reviews, most critics referenced "Here I Stand" as Usher's first album since becoming a husband and father and noted his more mature attitude. And with the album already producing its first No. 1 single with "Love in This Club," expect tracks from it to dominate the airwaves this summer and figure into Grammy Awards nominations when they are announced Dec. 4.

Richard Cromelin of the Los Angeles Times cites "Here I Stand" as Usher's "mature album" and thought it "would be much better without its excess of undistinguished ballads, but that aside, it's a more accomplished version of 'Confessions,' the hooks more effortless, the singing even better, the songwriting more consistent."

Mariel Concepcion of Billboard was more enthusiastic and found "Here I Stand" to be "bursting with grown man, true-to-life tales like leaving his player ways behind ('Before I Met You'), falling in love ('Something Special,' 'Lifetime' and the title track), making love ('This Ain't Sex') and having a child ('Prayer for You,' featuring a weeping Usher Raymond V, his new baby son). Grown-up relationships drive 'His Mistakes,' about a woman who is scarred by a past fling, the piano-and-drum-laden 'Best Thing' featuring Jay-Z and 'What's a Man to Do,' which finds Usher belting about loving two women at once.""

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