The rapper won a Grammy for best rap album at last year’s ceremony, but has to content himself with being nominated as a guest artist
The rapper Machine Gun Kelly has finally revealed the truth behind the 2018 Grammy snub. The Floridian cut up a New York Times article and covered its viral article, saying that this year’s Grammys actually owed “all the artists to you and yourselves who are deserving of a Grammy nomination”.
He claimed that he was “shocked and embarrassed” to have not been nominated in the rap categories, but acknowledged that he had come out as bisexual recently.
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Billboard pointed out that Machine Gun Kelly had also threatened to never perform at the Grammys for fear of bad memories resurfacing. After winning best rap album, he used his acceptance speech to make an impassioned speech, saying: “We’re living in the most f*cking awesome, amazing time in the world. And to be giving the award to a Tyler, the Creator album feels a little incomplete and lame. And I know that Tyler, the Creator and 21 Savage put their blood, sweat and tears into this album. Kanye, Pusha-T, and myself, it’s crazy we were able to get this out there to the people, but if I’m being completely honest, out of all the people that were nominated, to have our album win would have been special.”
Earlier this month, last year’s Grammys were tarnished by numerous incidents of gender inequality, including the all-female best rock vocal performance award and women’s own victory in the all-female best rap/sung collaboration category.