Last week, the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards were finally announced. The results reflected the interests of the general population of mainstream music listeners., but an incredible buzz has arisen from some of the nominations, more specifically those concerning Kanye West. He received more Grammy nominations than did any of his colleagues this year.
After only receiving one nomination for the song “Power” in the category of Best Rap Solo Performance and taking home no awards during last year’s Grammy Awards, Kanye West has come a long way. West has received two nominations for his Jay-Z collaboration “Otis” in the categories of Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance; three nominations for “All of the Lights” in the categories of Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Performance; one nomination for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” in the category of Best Rap Album; and one nomination for “Watch the Throne” in the category of Best Rap Album. With so many nominations, it’s natural to worry how the egotistical West will respond in the case that he doesn’t win any awards.
West has a track record for doing and/or saying inappropriate things in public, especially at award shows. Whether it’s the VMAs, the AMAs or even a Hurricane Katrina relief concert, West never fails to make a fool of himself. Let’s hope that Gretchen Wilson, Justice vs. Simian or–his favorite–Taylor Swift don’t try and get in the way of any of Kanye’s nominations.