By Nadeska Alexis
The YMCMB team is out in full force at the 2012 Grammy Awards, with approximately 17 nominations between Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled. During the Grammys pre-show, MTV News correspondent Sway caught up with Cash Money CEO Birdman, Mack Maine and Young Money artist Tyga, to talk about YMCMB nominations and even Kanye West’s three wins.
“If I ain’t mistaken it’s like 17, or 18 [awards]—Wayne has 5, Drake has 4, Nicki has 4, Busta has 2, Khaled has 1,” Birdman told Sway, addressing the amount of nominations that his Young Money Cash Money Billionaires had racked up at the big awards show. “17, that ain’t like 1, you talking about 17 so it’s always an honor for us to get noticed for the hard work we do, the Grammys they show us love and support. It’s exciting us for us as a brand, and when we all get together it’s just priceless.”
“We all enjoy being around each other,” Birdman continued, referring to all of his label nominees. “So for me to watch how hard they work and what they’re trying to accomplish and how much more they’re trying to accomplish that’s all it’s about.”
When asked about Kanye West’s three wins, which included Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (over Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV), they answered casually, “Like I said everybody’s working hard and he’s definitely another big artist in the game,” Tyga said, with Birdman simply adding, “It is what it is, and that’s what it do.”
On Whitney Houston’s untimely death, Birdman told Sway, “We grew up on music, us as black people music is our thing and she was like Michael Jackson to us, inspirational, so we feel that in our heart like we lost somebody we love and know.”