Check out this tumblr I wrote for NowThis News about Public Enemy boycotting the Grammys 22 years ago! I talk about the lack of love for rap/hip-hop today, and I use the adjective “swagnificent.”
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22 years ago, Public Enemy made history. At the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards held in New York City in 1991, Public Enemy’s album “Fear of a Black Planet” was nominated for best rap performance for the third year in a row. But they made a conscious decision to boycott the awards ceremony, saying racism kept a rap award off prime-time television.
They followed Russell Simmons’s lead, their record label president. Simmons was frustrated with “the same old broken record snub of inner-city contributions to the music industry.”
So, what now? Are the Grammys brushing hip-hop and rap of their shoulder?
More about rap & hip-hop hate at the Grammys after the jump!