Kanye West, Common, Lupe Fiasco Pick Up Grammys, Nas Stirs Controversy

Chicago was definitely in the building at last night’s 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angles with hometown heroes Kanye West, Common and Lupe Fiasco all taking home awards. Kanye added another four Grammy statues to his collection last night, but was bested for the coveted Album of the Year award by legendary jazzman Herbie Hancock. Prior to the telecast Yeezy picked up awards for Best Rap Solo Performance, for his hit single “Stronger,” and Best Rap Song for his T-Pain collaboration “Good Life.” Common and ‘Ye would go on to beat out fan favorites UGK in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group category for “Southside,” their ode to Chi-town that appeared on Com’s Finding Forever LP.

After an emotional performance of “Stronger” and “Dear Mama,” Kanye won Best Rap Album for his 2007 album Graduation. Lupe Fiasco picked up his first Grammy in the Urban/Alternative Performance category for the Jill Scott collaboration “Daydreamin’” off his 2006 album Food & Liquor. Other notable winners included Jay-Z who shared an award with Def Jam vocalist Rihanna for her smash single “Umbrella,” and the Beastie Boys, whose instrumental LP The Mix Up won for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Queen Latifah also picked up a Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist award for the song “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die,” from her album Travlin’ Light. Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama bested picked up a Spoken Word Grammy for the audio version of his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, besting fellow nominees and former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

In related news, two time nominee Nas stirred controversy on the red carpet prior to the show when he arrived sporting a t-shirt bearing the word ‘Nigger,’ the title of his upcoming album. The Queensbridge MC, who received nods for his Hip-Hop Is Dead album and the KRS-One and Kanye West collaboration “Better Than I’ve Ever Been,” explained the reasoning behind the title to CNN correspondent Brooke Anderson. “We’ve all felt discriminated against whether it’s in the Dominican Republic, whether its in China, whether it’s in Iraq, with soldiers getting their heads blown off for reasons we don’t know why,” he explained to Anderson. “The meaning of the word is supposed to be “ignorant,” he continued, “but there’s money being made off us so called ‘ignorant’ people, so no longer are just Black people niggers today, it’s also me and you.”

  • zerxesva

    1st bitches

  • doobie 74 nigga

    niggaz b hatin on us chi keep doin us 74

  • Young Deuce aka Princinnati

    I need one of those nigger shirts that Nas had on last night.

  • J-Mills

    Nas is wildin!

  • REALLY

    Nas: “The meaning of the word is supposed to be “ignorant,” he continued, “but there’s money being made off us so called ‘ignorant’ people, so no longer are just Black people niggers today, it’s also me and you.”

    Damn, that’s deep brother. Not many can fathom that.

  • Trickdd

    I WAS AT THE GRAMMYS AND IT WAS BULLSHIT~!~~ I WAS THE ONLY REAL FLA NIGGA IN THE BUILDING. I SEEN LIL WAYNE AND TOLD HIM PUSHA T LOOKING FOR NIGGA. HE’S HEAR. THAT BITCH ASS NIGGA WAYNE WOULDNT COME OUT THE BATHROOM, WITH OUT A POLICE ESCORT! LOL THAT NIGGA CAN RAP BUT HE NOT REAL. IM FROM FLA AND I KNOW. HE TOOK OFF HIS CHAIN IN THE BATHROOM AND PUT IT IN HIS POCKET. FUCK WAYNE. AND WAYNE HAD LONG FINGERS TOO. BUT I GOT TO SMELL HIS BOO BOO!!! I TOOK A DEEP BREATH OF IT THEN RAN OUTSIDE AND LET MY BOYFRIEND GET A WIFF OF IT. HE SAID IT SMELLED LIKE BABYS ASS.

  • Trickdd

    I WAS AT THE GRAMMYS AND IT WAS BULLSHIT~!~~ I WAS THE ONLY REAL FLA NIGGA IN THE BUILDING. I SEEN LIL WAYNE AND TOLD HIM PUSHA T LOOKING FOR NIGGA. HE’S HEAR. THAT BITCH ASS NIGGA WAYNE WOULDNT COME OUT THE BATHROOM, WITH OUT A POLICE ESCORT! LOL THAT NIGGA CAN RAP BUT HE NOT REAL. IM FROM FLA AND I KNOW. HE TOOK OFF HIS CHAIN IN THE BATHROOM AND PUT IT IN HIS POCKET. FUCK WAYNE. AND WAYNE HAD LONG FINGERS TOO. BUT I GOT TO SMELL HIS BOO BOO!!! I TOOK A DEEP BREATH OF IT THEN RAN OUTSIDE AND LET MY BOYFRIEND GET A WIFF OF IT. HE SAID IT SMELLED LIKE BABYS ASS. I THOUGHT IT SMELLED LIKE SIZZURB AND CHICKIN TENDERS MIXED? BUT I DONT KNOW?

    • JAY STONE

      Get back to school dumbass

      • Trickdd

        MUTAH FAKERS CANT STOP TALKING SHIT FUCK YOU JAY STONE YOU A RETARFDED BITCH HOPMO ASSS FAGGGOT. YOUR JUST AN INTERNT ASSWHOLE. FLA IN THE BUILDIONG STAND UP 239 IM THE REALEST NIGGA IN FLORIDA, BUY MY TERD!!!

        • JAY STONE

          your ignorant never seems to amaze me.

        • TRIZZY

          YO JAY STONE DO NOT REPLY TO TRICKDD HE IS JUST LOOKIN FOR SOME ATTENTION BECAUSE HIS FATHER MOLESTED HIM.DONT WAIST YOUR TIME WITH GROUPIE FAGGOTS.

    • Trickdd

      By the way wayne didnt flush so i took the terd out the toilot and its for sale on ebay: LIL WAYNES TERD STARTING BID AT 100,000. ITS ALREADY AT 500,000. TALK ABOUT SHITTIN ON NIGGAS! LOL

      • the one

        Trickdd…u aint go nowhere lol…u aint speak to weezy, u aint go to no grammys lol

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    • JAY STONE

      Who give a fuck about Da Backwudz bozo.

  • biglyrics0914

    Big Up’s to Ye Comm Sense and Lupe. That Nas is gon go hard too!!!

  • Ramz

    2nd bitches

  • G

    Nas going to far now

  • moresickaMC

    shutup…your fav rap CD prolly has nigger said not less than 20 times in it so stop with the feigned shock

  • Quis da 6^.O.S

    dat ni74a go hard bkut chi-town da real story of day southside bkitch!!!!!!!!!!!!! 74 til da wurld bklow

  • anon

    Ron Dellums said something similar.

    “If you define n*gger as someone whose life style is defined by others, whose opportunities are defined by others, whose role in society is defined by others, then good news! – you don’t have to be black to be a n*gger in this society. Most of the people in America are n*ggers.”

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Well done to the winners.

    NaS is stirring up some real heat, I hope the album is as good as it sounds.

  • grippy

    n!gger is played. who the hell is shocked by a 300 year old insult? It’s all about straight up porch-monkeying for the new millennium.
    Coon-life till the world blow

  • Backer

    Song was classic not better than I have ever been….damm…get your facts straight.

  • Richard

    Ohio’s finest check me out and add me if you likw what you hear thanks.

    http://www.myspace.com/rimestrike1

    http://www.myspace.com/rimestrike1

  • rrr

    man john lennon had a song called, “woman is the nigger of the world”

    • Kev Lomax

      And Marilyn Manson had a song with a hook saying, “everybody is somebody else’s ni**er”.

      Point?

  • Valdez

    That Nas CD is gon be fire!! Ain’t nobody else really sayin much right now except Lupe. I’m mean, no one is saying somethin that really means somethin. Nas def. went hard with that nigger shirt. I love cause he’s making a statement, and a powerful one at that.

    He’s puttin it out there were they can’t ignore it. They have to deal with it. I’m thinkin his new shit is gon be somethin special.

    http://www.myspace.com/valdezent

  • Mr.Wang

    Ayo big ups to Kanye man

    and Nas…hook me up wit dat shirt nigga!

  • http://asianmanflavor@msn.com Cali Is Active

    @ TrickDD your a parasite, Flordia cats should have checked your wig along time ago. Big Up to Kanye, Common and the Rihanna performance was a highlight with Jimmy Jam

  • y they hating?

    trickdd…. shut up whore. u probably mad weezy aint let u suck his dick. FLA got some real niggaz but that boot is where them real niggaz roam ya dig????

  • Snowman

    Damn That Grammy was supose to go to UGK.
    That was PimP C’s grammy!
    R.I.P Pimp C

  • sistah

    DAMN I LOVE NAS!!!!….I knew when I read his XXL article he was getting ready to come up on some REVOLUTIONARY shit!….I LOVE IT!!!….Glad somebody is holding the mirror up to society’s ugly face!

  • Krime

    THATS WAT DA FUCK I’M TALKIN BOUT!!! My nigga Nas dont give a FUCK!! I got too much respect for dat cat… da REAL God MC.. da REAL King Of New York!!

  • Fire

    Anybody know when Nas’ new album is supposed to come out? I’m looking forward to it.

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  • Jack

    people say hip hop’s in the south but those are only the radio jams hip hop is in the chi and i don’t live there so its not a bias opinion.

  • Jack

    and I’m gunna go ahead and say it since no one else will nas is just a gimmick nowadays trying to get publicity from his album titles because his music is slipping. he’s to old now. i’m sick of hearing about nas only because of the title of the album and nothing else about it.

  • Yessir

    MOST OF THESE YOUNG BLACK KIDS R IGNORANT. Since NAS came out, this is the same type of sh*t he talks about in his albums. People that said it was embarrasing don’t know NAS and needs to wise up.

  • beatz23

    UGK shouldve won best rap preformance by a duo

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  • Tommy

    its funny how nas’ is gonna call his album nigger, but if he sees his white and mexican fans asking for it by name, hes gonna act like we cant call it that.whats he trying to do start a record store brawl? all in all Top mcs Pac, em, (was nas) jay, nas and x if he ever gets his crack head outta his ass! also Em needs to step up his game, and become that hungry white boy from detroit who wanted to spit fire, than the homo who sang “big weenie”

  • ak-47

    yo check this out y’all,its 2008 and everybody gettin all shocked & hyped cuz a brother wore a fuckin t-shirt with n**** on it and erbody go crazy im sick and tired of americans hidin behind y’all finger,shiiit that was a fuckn smooth move on nas’s part,wearin it at the grammys with tons of white people around lol,homie is smart,cheers nas i bet the album’s gonna be dope.

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