The Grammys don't care about black people. That is, according to Kanye West. The rapper, producer and multiple Grammy winner says that the music industry's biggest award overlooks black artists.
"I would like to sit down with Neil Portnow right now," he tweeted about the CEO of the Grammys. "I think the Grammys are super important!!! I know so many cool artists whose hearts have been broken by the politics including mine. We need to fix this. ... I feel the Grammy awarding system is way off and completely out of touch." Kanye goes on to laud rappers like Future and Young Thug who he feels were overlooked by the Grammy voters. He also refers to himself as the "most important living artist" and threatens that if he isn't at the Grammys next year--there won't be a Grammys.
"Kanye West is a creative pioneer who has been recognized and honored by the Recording Academy time and again," Portnow tells Rolling Stone. "We value his input as a member of the creative community, and our doors are always open to him. I continue to welcome Kanye, personally, to engage in a direct and productive dialogue about the future of music and the important role that music creators play in shaping that future."
It's no secret among music fans that the Grammys are outdated. Many popular categories, especially in hip-hop, are rarely televised and diversity among performers (or lack thereof) is debated each year. Hopefully, Kanye can use his Twitter chest-beating to spark an actual dialogue with the Grammy honchos and diversify the awards for all artists--not just for himself.