Diddy Urges a Grammy Boycott: ‘Black Music Has Never Been Respected by the Grammys’

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The final five or so minutes of Diddy’s speech centered exclusively on the Recording Academy, the Grammy-nomination process, and discrimination. The 50-year-old noted that he was “being honored” by the music industry, but also said, “There’s discrimination and injustice everywhere, at an all-time high.” This statement alone is a testament to the current state of the music industry, and how much work still needs to be done to ensure that all artists receive the recognition they deserve, regardless of their race or genre.

Diddy then went on to claim that the Grammys’ lack of respect for hip-hop artists had long “been going on,” before using this perceived injustice to implicate other professional spheres, including sports and film. He closed by giving an ultimatum of sorts to the Recording Academy and to fellow artists: “You’ve got 365 days to get this s— together.”

The speech received a standing ovation, and firsthand sources indicated that Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who attended the gala but boycotted the Grammys, were among the first to rise from their seats and applaud. A multitude of other artists and public figures, from Cardi B to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, also attended Clive Davis’s gala. Though Taylor Swift also boycotted the Grammys, she opted not to attend the gala.

Diddy wasn’t alone in criticizing the Recording Academy. After winning a Grammy for ‘Best Rap Album,’ Tyler, the Creator critiqued the ceremony’s categories and said that the “Urban” classification was “the politically correct way to say the n-word.” These statements highlight the ongoing struggle for recognition and equality in the music industry, and the need for change in the way that artists are categorized and awarded.

Despite all of this, Diddy remains a powerful force in the music industry and continues to advocate for change. He was last nominated for a Grammy in 2016, as a songwriter on Kanye West’s “All Day.” The New York City native’s last Grammy win came in 2004, when “Shake Ya Tailfeather” took home an award for ‘Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.’ (The track was the result of a collaboration between Diddy, Nelly, and Murphy Lee.)

Diddy’s contributions to the music industry have been immense, and he has worked tirelessly to elevate hip-hop and bring it to the forefront of popular culture. His recent speech at Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy gala has shed light on the ongoing struggles that hip-hop artists and black musicians face in the music industry, and the need for change to ensure that all artists receive the recognition they deserve. With the likes of Diddy, Tyler, the Creator, and others speaking out against injustice, it is clear that the music industry still has a long way to go on the path towards true equality and recognition for all artists.

2 Responses

  1. Blobbo

    What a whining bore. This coming from a clown who can’t write a song or sing or even rap well. Black music wasn’t respected as much as it should have been in the past, although Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others all had very long, real careers.

    Howadays, black music is so terrible noone wants to honor it for good reason. Not that white music is any better. Of course Dimmy doesn’t want to face his own role in the destruction of quality in music.