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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

‘Ye’ earn Grammy nomination; despite Kanye West erratic behaviours

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Kanye West new album, “Ye,” released June 1, which should be big music news under normal circumstances, but it’s not even the biggest Kanye West news this year.

The controversial rapper, this year he lifts the bar for himself — or lowered it, depending on your outlook. Can he still earn Grammy nominations in 2019 despite his bad press?
West, was once quoted to have said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” after the government’s notoriously slow response to Hurricane Katrina, seems to have turned over a new political leaf. 
He voiced his support for Donald Trump, tweeting in April, “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother.”
In May on TMZ he said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” Suffice it to say those comments didn’t go over well. 
But when his new songs were released they nevertheless raced to the top of the iTunes charts.
Will the recording academy be as willing to overlook his erratic behavior and uninformed opinions? 
He’s one of the most awarded artists in history with 21 Grammy victories, but he has lost his last 16 nominations in a row between 2014 and 2017. 
His shutout in 2017 was especially significant: he lost all eight of his nominations, which tied him with Rihanna (2017) and Jay-Z (2018) as the second-worst shutout in Grammy history, right behind Paul McCartney, who went zero-for-nine in 1966.
West still got those eight nominations, though, despite behavior that was already becoming more erratic. 


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