Earlier today, the Grammy Awards unveiled their official nominations list with head tips to electronic talents like Bonobo, Four Tet, Kraftwerk and also gave an unusually large spotlight to hip-hop talents like Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Childish Gambino for some of the awards' biggest categories.
However, it was quickly noticed that legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, who released their final album titled 'We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service' earlier this year, did not receive any nominations across the board. ATCQ member Q-Tip used a series of hotly worded Instagram videos to share his sentiments about the snub, specifically pointing out that the group was invited to perform at the last Grammy Awards in honor of Phife Dawg's passing.
"Y’all fuckin busted y’all ass to try and get us out there and perform! You think a ni**a wanted to fuckin' go out there and perform after I lost my man?" he states in the videos. "We closed y’all show and we don’t get no fucking nominations? The last Tribe album? My man is gone! We been doing this shit for fucking years! Y’all ni***s don't fuckin' recognize."
He did acknowledge the academy's wider inclusion of diverse artists, but remained adamant on his stance. "Y'all think it's some sort of caveat because this is the first time that no white man was nominated in no major categories and shit? We were the most black cultured group out. That's all we stood on. That's what we represented. This fuckin' album we just dropped. This last Tribe album. It stands with everyone else's shit that's up there. I don't give a fuck. I'm sick of y'all Grammy ni**as, man. You get us to get out there and fuckin' perform last year, and y'all don't get us no nominations?"
Vince Staples, who earlier stated that he should take home the Electronic Album of the Year award, was also left snubbed without a single nomination for his album 'Big Fish Theory'. In a series of now-deleted Tweets, he went back-and-forth to his fans, telling them "not to talk to him about the Grammys" and suggesting that fans should've "listened to the album if they wanted it nominated" before engaging one-on-one with several Twitter users and later deleting all his Tweets.
Watch Q-Tip's series of videos below.