Grammys 2013: Jay-Z shows who is running hip-hopBy Ru Johnson | February 11th, 2013 | No Comments »
Last night at the Grammys 2013, hip-hop music missed out on many of the top awards, with favorite Frank Ocean only going home with two of the six he was nominated for. Ocean’s missing out on four awards was nothing compared to Nas, who once again left the Grammys empty-handed after four nominations. But it was Jay-Z and Kanye West who showed who is on the hip-hop throne.
Despite the inclusion of LL Cool J as host, many of the hip-hop awards were given out prior to the show’s telecast. Drake took home his first Grammy for best rap album with “Take Care,” his critically acclaimed release.
Jay-Z and Kanye West (the latter a no-show for the second year in a row) cleaned up, winning the best rap performance and best rap song for “N—-s in Paris.” The song is well deserving of the win, considering its popularity caused the duo to perform it multiple times in one concert while on tour last summer.
Jay-Z, cognac in hand, emerged from his seat to perform his guest verse with Justin Timberlake for “Suit & Tie” before accepting the Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration for “No Church in the Wild.” He was joined on stage by Frank Ocean and The Dream.
Throughout his career, Nas has been nominated for 13 Grammys (last night alone he was nominated for four), yet still left empty handed. His track “Daughters” was nominated twice (best rap performance and best rap song) yet even his excellent duo with Amy Winehouse (“Cherry Wine”) couldn’t give him an edge.
Considering how popular artists like Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and 2Chainz are with the rap masses, there was little to no mention of any of them on air. Jay-Z on the other hand, was the evenings’s darling.
Nas was shut out, though, and Drake deserved an acceptance speech, at the least. LL Cool J performed his new one “Whaddup” with Chuck D, Z-trip and Travis Barker to close the show but even then sponsor clips interrupted the broadcast.
Perhaps it’s fitting that rap’s biggest winners (Jay-Z and Kanye) go by The Throne. Their wins most definitely showed the masses who is running the rap game.
Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.