2009 Grammy Recap


Lil Wane accepts his award for Best Rap Album. Joining him on stage are his children, Baby and other relatives.
Lil Wane accepts his award for Best Rap Album.

Thanks to former XXL editor-in-chief Elliot Wilson’s twitters during last night’s show and Saturday night’s Clive Davis party, I almost feel like I spent the weekend in LA myself.

But like most of the country I watched it in my living room where the view was still pretty cool.

There really weren’t that many supercool singular moments that stand out  except when Coldplay’s Chirs Martin just walked directly back to his seat after winning award instead of taking the normal backstage rout. 

I thought that was rather neat. 

Like most award shows the 2009 Grammy’s had it’s high points and low points. Depending on your musical genre of choice, you may have walked away  satisfied or dissappointed.

Check the breakdown. 

Biggest Gripe:

No Hip Hop or R&B Winners in General Categories

Each time the Grammy’s come around I always have one hope: that an album or song from either Hip Hop or R&B will take home a grammy in a general category (i.e Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist). 

It didn’t happen this year. And it hasn’t happened in quite some time. Outkast was the last and only Hip Hop album to win Album of the Year with 2003’s Speakerboxx/The Love Below

Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which can be viewed as a mixture of Hip Hop and R&B,won the award in 1999.

With the exception of the aforementioned  Hill and Outkast albums, Alicia Keys is the only artist from either genres to receive a general category award this decade. 



I don’t care how long he’s been in the game, good music is good music and American Gangster was an album full of good music. It was nominated for Best Rap Album and one of it’s singles, Roc Boys..(.And The Winner Is), was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance. 

Jay should have taken one of those home. 

Lupe Fiasco

Does anyone on that committee  recognize creativity or do they base all their decisions on sales? The Cool was a perfectly executed album by one rap’s most talented lyricists. 

Maybe he needs to rap about cars and jewelry more to get a nod. Whatever the case may be, Lupe was nominated for three rap awards — I need an explanation as to why he didn’t win at least one. 

Did they forget how strong “Superstar” was? 



ti-kanye2Swagger Like Us Performance

It lived up to the hype. Queen Latifah set the stage for Jay-Z, T.I. and Co. with an homage to the rat pack as the crew came out adorned in tuxes. M.I.A., whose song “Paper Planes” is sampled in “Swagger Like Us,” came out and said her lines with baby in tow.

It was an all around good look to have the hands down four hottest rappers in the game share the stage and not look fake doing it. 


Jay Spits With Coldplay 

jay-chris-martin1This may have shocked a few people in the audience and at home, but  I was actually hoping this one would go down.

Coldplay performed their hit song “Lost”  which is a joint that has a Jay-Z featured remix. 

Frontman Chris Martin played piano solo in the middle of the crowd and was eventually joined by Jay: 



Same sword they knight you, they gon goodnight you with/That’s only half if the like you, that ain’t even the half of what they might do/Don’t believe me? Ask Michael/see Martin see Malcolm/see Biggie, see ‘Pac see success and it’s outcome see Jesus see Judas/ see Ceasar see Brutus/ see success is like suicide,suicide it’s a suicide/ if you succeed prepare to be crucified/ media mettles, if they sue you you settle/ every step you make they remind you you’re ghetto/ so it’s hard to be Bobby Brown/ if you Bobby then, you have to be Bobby now/ Now the question is: is to have and have lost, better than not having at all?

I had to post those lyrics because their pretty deep. I’m in such a good after that performance I have to post the  original freestyle from 2006 with Funkmaster Flex. 


Lastly, here are a few awards that didn’t make last night’s telecast. 

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

Alicia Keys – Superwoman


Best Male R&B Performance

Ne-Yo – Miss Independent


Best R&B Song

Ne-Yo – Miss Independent


Best R&B Album

Jennifer Hudson – Jennifer Hudson


Best Contemporary R&B Album

Mary J. Blige – Growing Pains


Best Rap Solo Performance

Lil Wayne –  A Milli


Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group

Jay-Z & T.I. feat. Kanye West and Lil Wayne – Swagger Like Us


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Estelle feat. Kanye West – American Boy


Best Rap Song 

Lil Wayne – Lollipop


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