*On Thursday’s Watch the Throne Tour stop in Chicago, Kanye West addressed the crowd regarding his leading seven Grammy nominations, and offered a reason why none of them were for Album or Record of the Year.
“Something I figured out earlier today, because you know everybody came to me last night like, ‘Congratulations,’ because you know I’m leading — I have the most Grammy nominations once again, like we always do at this time,” Kanye said, drawing thunderous applause from his hometown United Center crowd.
“But, you know, people focus, they say, ‘You ain’t have Album of the Year or Record of the Year,’ ” he continued as the fan cheers quickly turned to disapproving boos.
“I figured it out though,” he continued. “That’s my fault for dropping ‘Watch the Throne’ and ‘Dark Fantasy’ the same year. I should’ve just spaced it out, just a little bit more.”
In November 2010, ‘Ye released his fifth studio album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” The platinum LP was both critically acclaimed and a commercial success thanks to such singles as “Power,” the reflective sing-along “Runaway” and “All of the Lights,” which is nominated for Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Nine months later came the release of “Watch the Throne” with Jay-Z. Both of Kanye’s LPs are nominated in the Best Rap Album category, but neither is in contention for the coveted Album of the Year Award. Instead Adele, the Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Rihanna will battle for that honor.
Surprisingly Kanye West isn’t sweating it, though. “Don’t worry because me and Hov are gonna keep on making sh–,” he said to the crowd.