I remember when the Grammy Awards didn't give a fuck about hip-hop. Who else remembers that? When Salt-N-Pepa, Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff (the first hip-hop group to win a Grammy), and Kid ’N Play boycotted the 1989 Grammy's because the rap category wasn't televised? What about the God MC Jay Hova boycotting the Grammy's for years because he said, and I quote, "I didn't think they gave the rightful respect to hip-hop."

My how times have changed…

The 52nd Grammy Awards aired last night and as a 29-year-old lover of music I kinda look forward to it because you get to see all the artists you’re diggin’ in one room. From the Lady Gagas and the Black Eyed Peas to the Eminems. The Grammy show has something for everybody, but I wasn't that impressed this year.

In fact, I was in and out of the Grammy's all night for the simple fact that I was aware the first of the month was hours away and nobody on those Grammy Awards was gonna be helping me pay my bills. So I wasn't all that into it, but here is some highlights from Charlamagne Tha God’s point of view…

My first observation: Damn, Rihanna didn't come beat up this year? I mean, seriously, Rihanna was boring last night and she was actually there. She stole the show last year and didn't even enter the building! I thought that she would somehow capitalize on what happened last year and make some kind of statement. Maybe she should have worn a black and blue dress or black and blue eye shadow. Just something to symbolize the now legendary beat down she experienced at the hands of a man who will be hard pressed to ever walk a Grammy red carpet ever again—Chris “Beat ’Em Down” Brown…

My second observation: When Taylor Swift won her first award, I thought it would have been Hee-Larry-Us to just go to commercials in the middle of her talking. I mean, you can't blackball commercials if they interrupt Taylor Swift, or can you? We’ll expound on that in observation number seven but I’m getting ahead of myself…

My third observation: I don't see how people say anything bad about Shawn Carter's wife; Beyoncé Knowles is gifted. You can't learn what she got; it's innate talent she was born with it. Beyoncé is just pure talent, straight no chaser. Ciara, Rihanna, Ashanti, all of them had to be asking themselves: “Why am I even here?” while Beyoncé was performing. I truly believe that if you have nothing good to say about Beyoncé you're just a hater, and that's coming from someone who is allegedly known to hate.

My fourth observation: The tribute to Michael Jackson? Enough already there’s no such thing as a tribute to Michael Jackson. There is nothing any award show or anyone can do to give that man his just due. If anything show five minutes of Michael performing at every upcoming award show to give all these other artists and example of what they are never going to be. One thing that I did see during the Michael Jackson “tribute” is…

My fifth observation: Somebody tell Usher it's over. Tell him he had a great run and thanks for the memories. End Quote.

My sixth observation: The Eminem, Lil Wayne and Drake performance. First of all Drake looks like a White kid out of his element trying to fit in with his Black friends. Second of all, Drake looks like a thumb with eyebrows. Third of all, when the fuck is Young Money/Cash Money putting out Drake's album? Do they realize the thing about hype is people only stay hype but for so long. The public’s attention span is way too short. I can't help but think they’re dropping the ball on this kid, but the bigger issue of this performance is the absence of Kanye West. I guess he just pissed off the wrong person. I swear the powers that be have put Kanye on punishment. They told him go to his room with his bottle of Hennessy and his stripper-turned-housewife and don't come out until we tell you to. Damn, Yeezy…

My seventh and final observation: Album of the Year went to the young lady who you don't fuck with unless you want to end up blacklisted by everybody—Taylor Swift (see observation No. 2). I want to say her winning Album of the Year was bullshit—especially over Lady Gaga—but I don't want any problems with the secret society that backs her. In fact, my new nickname is Charla Swift. That is the most powerful name in the game right now. If you say Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift, in the mirror three times all your industry dreams will come true! And anybody who dares interrupt you on your path to world domination will be exiled!!!!!!!!

In closing, the 52nd Grammy's was like every other award show—a great production of nothing. The average mind was entertained. If I had paid for a fly suit and plane ticket to go out there I would have been disappointed, but for the living room shit I was on it was okay. You sit there watching and applaud the greatness, disrespect the mediocrity, and eventually just find yourself hating on the whole situation.

Streetfully Yours,

Charla Swift.