“Fuck [the] Grammys:” Goldlink Sends Withering Critique Towards the Grammy Awards

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The Diaspora MC bashed the Recording Academy’s selection process and lack of international consideration.

The Recording Academy officially announced Grammy nominees Wednesday morning (November 20th.) Maryland rapper Goldlink, who wasn’t nominated, responded to the selection with a scathing critique on Instagram.

Goldlink defended Burna Boy, Koffee, and Dababy in the post. DaBaby scored two nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. However, due to his extensive mixtape catalog, he wasn’t eligible for Best New Artist honors.

The Academy nominated Koffee’s Rapture EP for Best Reggae Album, and Burna Boy’s African Giant album for Best World Music Album. Additionally, Goldlink also mentioned the Academy placed Tyler the Creator’s Igor in the Best Rap Album category.

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Honestly, its fuck Grammys til the day I die. I am no longer participating in that wild ass slave ass political ass cheating ass game any longer. The lack of relevance you have just solidified today is unbelievable. Tyler got one fuckin nomination in a category he didn’t even participate in knowing damn well he deserved album of the year. Burna Boy deserves more, Koffee deserves more. DaBaby couldn’t “qualify” for best new artist apparently because he had “mixtapes” in the past. No nod to Solange for taking a risk pushing the boundaries when nobody else was brave enough to do so. There’s not even a category for internationally black artist at all. Wtf do you think these kids learn when you tell them there black art isn’t good enough? Or isn’t noticed at all? I’ve just gotten to a point after three years of being silent on this topic, that my value is much beyond what closed door establishments have been giving us. Even how our peers are voting against us. I cannot partake.

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Users on Twitter were also confused by Igor‘s seemingly out-of-place nomination.





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