2013 Grammy Awards: Hip-Hop Winners Receive Awards Too Early

By Maurice Bobb

Despite letting LL Cool J serve as host, it’s apparent that the Grammys still has a problem with hip-hop. Case in point: most of the important awards were all awarded prior to the telecast.

Since rap’s most prestigious awards got no love during the broadcast, here’s a quick look at who took home the hardware. Drake, Young Jeezy and Jay-Z were all up for Best Rap Performance, but it was Hov and Kanye West, who opted to skip the show again this year, who won for “N—–s in Paris.”

Jay and ‘Ye also beat out Wale, Drake and Snoop Lion for Best Rap Song, winning again for “N—–s in Paris.” The biggest award, Best Rap Album went to Drake, over Rick Ross 2 Chainz and Lupe Fiasco, for Take Care. Drizzy celebrated his first ever Grammy win by dropping the video for his new single, “Started From The Bottom” last night during the telecast on his site.

The only hip-hop category that made it to air was Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, which went to Jigga, Yeezy, Frank Ocean and The Dream for “No Church in the Wild.” Hov provided the best one-liner of the night after forcing the Grammy producers to stop the “wrap it up” music to give his acceptance speech by pointing to Dream’s hat and saying, “I would like to thank the swap meet for his hat.”

As for R&B, newcomer Frank Ocean planted his flag by winning Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange, while Usher won Best R&B Performance for “Climax” and Beyonce won Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Love on Top.”

As for performances, hip-hop was only represented when LL Cool J closed the show with his new song “Whaddup” featuring Chuck D from his upcoming LP, Authentic, and, of course, Jay, who literally got up from his seat on cue to deliver his ostentatious lines from his collabo with Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” from his upcoming comeback album, The 20/20 Experience.

And then there’s the curious case of Nas. After garnering 13 nominations over his illustrious career, Esco still went home without a golden gramophone. Critics and fans alike hoped that the Illmatic MC would finally take home the gold for his stellar Life is Good CD, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“It’s not to get the Grammy stuff, but our vibe and mode even while recording the album was: We won already,” Salaam Remi said prior to the telecast. “It wasn’t that we won the Grammy. We won still being positive and forward with life in the first place.”