Each year, the Grammys is hit with some sort of backlash, and Fat Joe believes The Recording Academy does it on purpose. Although Beyoncé became the most awarded artist in Grammy history at this year’s ceremony; still, fans weren’t happy about Album of the Year. The title went to Harry Styles, and debates were launched about whether Bey’s Renaissance was a better choice. Other talked about categories were Song of the Year and Best New artist. Those went to music legend Bonnie Raitt and newcomer Samara Joy.
Fat Joe is the Hip Hop commentator that we all know and love, and he took to social media to weigh in. He touched on Raitt and Joy’s wins specifically. “The thing that does really bug me out is when a woman that I don’t really know wins Song of the Year,” said Joe. “The Grammys do that sh*t on purpose. [Joy] is a jazz singer but she won over the biggest records and the biggest artists we know.”
He added that it’s a controversy that the Recording Academy does every year. “And they always do it. This is consistently they do this, this is a trademark,” Joe continued. “‘We’re gonna jerk at least two or three people that should win.’” A similar sentiment was shared by Jay-Z during his interview with Elliott Wilson for TIDAL.
“Even with Bey, I felt like they missed the moment. Not just LEMONADE; [also] when Beck won over her [for Album of the Year at the 2015 show]. I was like, ‘Oh, y’all missed it,’” said Hov. “For the culture, I love this sh*t so much I want them to get it right. I want to experience those moments when it’s the culmination of when Michael popped off. That moment left an indelible mark on us forever.”
He added, “Or when Lauryn Hill came through and it was Miseducation and she won those joints [five Grammy Awards in 1999]. We knew that was her moment. We wanted to witness that moment and celebrate her. She made something that’s going to stand the test of time.”