Snoop Dogg is raising eyebrows and expressing criticism over the prestigious award show’s refusal to acknowledge his contributions. With a staggering 16 nominations under his belt, the Doggfather joins an exclusive club of rappers, including Travis Scott, Busta Rhymes, and Nicki Minaj, who boast at least ten Grammy nominations but zero wins.
Snoop’s illustrious career, spanning over decades and transcending the boundaries of hip-hop, has earned him more Grammy nominations than some celebrated artists from various genres. Surpassing icons like Diana Ross, Katy Perry, Sia, and Musiq Soulchild in nominations, Snoop Dogg’s absence from the winner’s circle has become a glaring omission in the eyes of fans and the artist himself.
The Long Beach MC’s 16 Grammy nominations encompass multiple genres, with four nods for Best Rap Song and four for Best Rap Performance. Iconic tracks such as “Nuthin’ But a G Thang,” “Gin and Juice,” and “Young, Wild & Free” have left an indelible mark on music history. Yet, the Grammy stage has yet to bestow its coveted gramophone on the rap legend.
Expressing his discontent, the 52-year-old rapper took to Instagram on Monday morning to subtly criticize the Grammy Awards. He shared an image from Business Insider ranking him among the top artists who have yet to claim the elusive Grammy statuette. Snoop Dogg’s statement follows closely on the heels of Jay-Z’s recent condemnation of the Grammys during his acceptance of the second annual Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. Jay-Z specifically called out the Recording Academy for overlooking Beyoncé, despite her status as the most decorated artist in Grammy history with an astounding 32 awards.
Adding a layer to the narrative, Snoop Dogg shared a clip of Jay-Z’s critique on his Instagram Sunday night, accompanied by a brief congratulatory message for the fellow rap icon. The simultaneous criticisms from two pillars of the hip-hop community underscore a growing discontent with the Grammy Awards and raise important questions about recognition and acknowledgment within the music industry.