Author: Thomas Durkan
Every year, without fail, we all have a gripe or two about who took home the major awards at events such as the Grammys, the Brits and the Mercury Prize. In many cases the right person wins the award, but at certain times the rightful winner goes home empty handed. 2014 was the year of Sam Smith, but who in the world of hip-hop and RnB should feel resentful? And in some cases bloody cross.
Iggy was the undisputed queen of hip hop in 2014. The Australia native was all over the television, internet, radio and any other form of media you can think of. With hits such as Fancy (which is still my wake up alarm) and Black Widow she took the World by storm. She was nominated for 3 Grammys, winning 0. How she wasn’t at least nominated for Best Rap Song is beyond me. She’s also been left out by the Brits. I’m sure her time will come around again, but this whole situation is baffling.
Listen to “Fancy” (featuring Charlie XCX)
Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels second album Run The Jewels 2 came out last year to critical acclaim. The duo, made up of El-P from Brooklyn and Killer Mike from Atlanta, captivated listeners with their first eponymous album, and the second was even better. With their uniquely aggressive style they burst on to the mainstream. But it might be their aggression that has kept them from the awards circuit. They might not be PG, but that adds to the appeal and I’m sure they won’t be loosing too much sleep over the lack of awards.
Listen to “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)”
I’m going to start this by saying that I was not a big fan of YEEZUS, meaning that I do not think Mr. West should of been nominated for most of the big awards. But the one nomination I did agree with, and the one I believe he was wronged out of was Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the Grammys. The eventual winner was Eminem with The Monster featuring Rihanna. Now that was a good song, but I would argue that Bound 2 was better. Eminem is a darling of the Grammys having previously won 15 gongs. Some would argue it’s music politics. Then again, maybe I just enjoyed the Rogen/Franco version.
Listen to “Bound 2” (Featuring Charlie Wilson)
Young Fathers, a trio from Edinburgh, Won the Mercury Prize in 2014 for their album Dead. Now I might have missed the point of the awards shows, but the last time I checked they should reward the best music of that year. Yet Young Fathers album was found the be the best British album of the year and did not subsequently gain any nominations from the Brit Awards. Bewildering.
Listen to “Get Up”
“Imma let you finish but…”, Yeah I went there. Everyone felt sorry for Beck when Yeezy took his moment away from him, especially since his album was spectacular. But maybe Kanye was right. Beyonce’s self titled album was great. She’s probably the most consistent artist around and if she would of won the award I don’t think there would of been an eyelid batted. She came away from the Grammys with 2 gongs, to add to her impressive haul of 20. And I’m sure there will be many many more in her future.
Listen to Drunk In Love (featuring Jay Z)