According to Variety, Kanye West will not be nominated for any categories at the upcoming Grammy Awards. Despite his name appearing on several credits as a songwriter for The-Dream, who is nominated in the Best Songwriter category, West will not receive any recognition at the event. The Grammy Awards are known for inviting big names in the music industry, regardless of their nominations, but this year, the rapper will not be extended this courtesy, as confirmed by the award show’s executive producer Ben Winston.
“You do not need to worry about that,” said Winston in a recent episode of The Town podcast. The announcement of the Grammys paying homage to 50 years of hip-hop music, with several A-list artists performing, without the inclusion of West, further confirms the speculation of a snub.
West’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years, with a decline in popularity and loss of endorsements following his repeated anti-Semitic remarks, including praising Hitler. In 2020, the rapper was involved in a dispute with labels Universal and Sony to retrieve his music rights, leading to him posting a shocking video of himself urinating on a Grammy Award and captioning it, “Trust me… I WON’T STOP.” West has 24 Grammy Awards, tying with Jay-Z, but his actions and comments have resulted in a significant decrease in public support.
The Grammy Awards have always been a night to celebrate the biggest names in music, and this year is no different. However, with the absence of Kanye West, the event is set to be a little different from what fans are used to. Whether or not the rapper will make an appearance in future years remains to be seen.”