Eminem, Jay-Z Win Big at The Grammys

The road to the 53rd Grammy awards was paved with hip-hop gold, thanks to key wins by Eminem and Jay-Z. Yet Em, who led all nominees with 10 nods,  only took home two awards for Best Rap Album for Recovery and Best Rap Solo Performance for “Not Afraid.”

Before picking up his trophies, the March 2011 XXL cover boy entertained the crowd to the tune of “Love the Way You Lie” alongside Rihanna. Clad in a black leather jacket and black pants, the rapper, who Seth Rogen introduced as “the most dangerously talented man in hip hop,” also teamed up with Skylar Grey and Dr. Dre on stage for “I Need a Doctor.”

Five-time nominee B.o.B. also gave a stunning performance, teaming up with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae for a slew of hits. Rocking black tuxes, the fellas performed a strings-laden version of “Nothin’ on You” with Monae supplying backing vocals. She rounded up the set with a solo rendition of the doleful “Cold War” off her Grammy-nominated album The ArchAndroid.

Cee Lo Green collaborated with Gwyneth Paltrow and some colorful muppets on the less-offensive version of his ubiquitous single, “Fuck You.” The Goodie Mob frontman could have easily passed for Big Bird in his flamboyant costume. “Fuck You” also won for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

There were some prominent snubs at the 53rd Grammys. Canadian superstar Drake found himself in a thankless position, going 0-4 on the evening. Drizzy lost the Best New Artist to jazz sensation Esperanza Spalding. Despite being nominated in five categories, B.o.B. also went home empty-handed.

While Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” lost in the Song of the Year and Record of the Year categories, it didn’t go home unrewarded. The Big Apple tribute won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. Another Blueprint III single “On to the Next One” snatched the award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group, yet Jay-Z wasn’t there to receive any of his three trophies.—Henry Adaso

  • Tumi

    Truly The Grammys don’t respect hip hop. Somebody pls tell me wtf must rappers do to win Album Of The Year, Song of the year or Record of the Year. This is rubbish but I guess we expect it.

    • naby

      i wont say that but blueprint was 2009 shit no ?

      • ErvGotti85

        Blueprint 3 did not come out in time to be included at the 2010 Grammys so it is nominated the following year.

    • No Name

      I wouldn’t bug so much about hip-hop songs and albums not winning in every single category. It’s not like hip-hop is the only genre with talented musicians.

    • abdulnasir

      Er… Outkast won Album of the Year for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below… Unless you don’t consider that Hip-Hop!!!

  • me

    Ummm….. Eminem DID win so what are you blathering about?

    • YO ME

      GTFO

  • kevin

    derp

  • No Name

    What an upset for album of the year. And I’m a little iffy about them not giving the ArchAndroid any props, but at the same time giving Esperanza Spalding best new artist. As much as I commend it, why choose raw talent over fanbase in one category and not the other? Oh well.

  • brand-new

    the grammy’s are a joke. they paid a tribute to all artists who passed away over the last year without mentioning Guru! rip

    • Edothegreat

      Guru a genius but never went mainstream and never was on the pop chart radio stations.. 4 Guru 2 receive reconignition it will be on Bet or Soultrain awards

  • Brown

    how Rick Ross’ Teflon Don album wasnt up for a grammy is BEYOND me, clearly the best rap album of the year and althought BP3 was huge and deserves all the praise, it was so 2009

  • sosay

    What aggreviates me why they don’t respect rap. Drake easily had the best album of the 2010 noms, EM’s shit was ok , Jay’s shit was bunk and im huge fans of them since the 90′s fam. Drake was the biggest thing to hip hop since 50 cent (who also got snubbed). Any rapper who has a big year gets rejected fuck the grammies, its been wack since ODB indirectly said so.

  • savage

    on real i thought kanye would of been in that best album category, n i thought “loose my mind” would win best hip hop collab instead of “on to the next one”…n on thing drake isnt the best thing in hip hop and he is no where near 50s get rich die tryin days…truely a mis quote

  • Sha

    TWO THINGS I CAN SAY ABOUT THE GRAMMIES….

    First…. The show absolutely sucked. No host (more cheese for Grammies), too many categories (more cheese for Grammies), and too many gimmicky superstars (Lady GaGa in a fuckin’ egg?! More cheese for Grammies). The Grammies are now being run like Mickey D’s after going public. It’s all about more money for them and less about the artists.

    Second…. As much as I hated the show, I think the judges got it right. I heard Drake’s CD. I heard Justin Bieber’s CD. There is no way in hell any of those artists deserved to win above Esperanza Spalding. And that’s on some real shit. Sure, Drake will undoubtedly call his music art. But put that shit next to Esperanza’s cd and he gets a hot dookie stick for that one. Shorty’s shit was more artistic, hella more complicated, and definitely pushed her genre beyond your typical “Old Ass Dude Listening To Jazz” shit. The Grammies got that one right.

    Eminem? Ok… He had the best selling album of the year. But just because you push more units (what up BEP) doesn’t mean you automatically should get that award. Truth be told, his latest album gets the “ashy ass” compared to that Marshal Mathers LP. This album was decent at best. And on some real shit, Jay-Z’s album was better than Eminem’s. What, Eminem deserves the trophy because he overcame some pill poppin’ and a couple of his boys died? Hell no! The album was good, but the Grammies got this one right.

    • nicholasdelorejo

      Thank you, Sha. Thank you. Honestly what seperates Justin Beiber from Aaron Carter, The Jonas Bros., or miley Cyrus? Nothing execpt that the marketing of the machine and guilible tween fans. And Drake is just a carbon copy of Kanye just laced with commercial R&B flavor. Spalding is a remarkable artist. Also true Jay’s album was slightly better but to be honest both albums were basically as average as a Nelly album. The only thing that would’ve been better that night was for Janelle Monae to have won instead of Usher, that piss-poor ass Micheal Jackson immitator whose album wasn’t even fucking near the caliber of “Confessions”.

  • Shakespeare

    TO SAY DRAKE HAD THE BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM OF LAST YEAR IS SILLY, EVERYONE KNOW RECOVERY AT LEAST BY NUMBERS WAS THE BEST. IT SHOULD HAVE ONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR, EMINEM CARRIED HIP-HOP ON HIS BACK. IT’S REALLY SAD WHEN EVEN A WHITE GUY CAN’T GET A HIP-HOP ALBUM TO WIN. IT GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT THE GRAMMIES DONT CARE ABOUT THE ART OF THE MUSIC, I MEAN WHEN BIG BOI’S ALBUM GETS NO LOVE WHAT DO YOU EXPECT. AND NO SPEAKERBOXX/LOVE BELOW WAS NOT A HIP-HOP ALBUM, SPEAKERBOXX WAS BUT NOT LOVE BELOW, HINTS WHY IT WON. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A STRAIGHT HIP-HOP ALBUM TO WIN ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND THERE NEVER WILL BE BECAUSE THE GRAMMIES ONLY GIVE AWARDS TO WOMEN OR WHAT IS POPULAR ALL AROUND.

  • MIB

    Its done… and as much as most of you can talk None of you even hinted which music should’ve won. If ya’ll ran the Grammies They’d SUCK~!

  • Davysupafly

    y’all mothafuckas are ripped big K.R.I.T. shoulda won that shit LOL

  • Vido

    Grammys suck,no doubt
    50cent is the best thing 2 eva happen in music yet no gramny of his own, thats insane