Kanye West banned from Grammys, artists react

Antoinette Yen, Entertainment Editor

The 64th Grammy Awards, officially known as the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, will be held on Sunday, April 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

According to a spokesperson for the controversial artist, rapper Kanye West, now legally known as Ye, has been barred from performing at the 2022 Grammy Awards due to his “concerning online behavior.” Last Friday, The Blast was among the first to report the following which was later confirmed by one of Ye’s representatives.

This year, Ye has been nominated for five Grammys, including Album of the Year for Donda, and Best Rap Song for “Jail.” So far, the artist has received 75 Grammy nominations and has won a total of 22 Grammys throughout his career.

The Recording Academy’s decision came just days after Ye used racial slurs against Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who will host the Grammys this April. This comes on the heels of months of Ye sending inappropriate messages to his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her current partner, comedian Pete Davidson.

Last week, the 44-year-old was suspended from Instagram for a day for calling Noah by a racial slur, which violated the platform’s hate speech, bullying and harassment policies.

Noah spoke out against the rapper’s recent aggressive behavior toward Kardashian, with whom he has four children. Noah said Ye’s behavior should not be dismissed and that his attempts to win back Kardashian were becoming “more and more belligerent.”

“You may not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous,” Noah said, “but what she’s going through is terrifying to watch and shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave.”

Ye responded to Noah’s comments with a now-deleted post on the social media platform, writing an alternate title and lyrics to “Kumbaya” that included a racial epithet.

The record producer was already under fire for releasing a disturbing animated music video to his single “Eazy.” The song includes the lyrics, “God saved me from this crash / Just so I could beat Pete Davidson’s a**.” In the Claymation video, Ye is seen kidnapping and dismembering a figure that bears resemblance to Davidson. It was released the same day that Kardashian was declared legally single on March 2.

Throughout the controversy, Ye has claimed that he is simply trying to reunite his family by using his art to work through his feelings.

West is currently being defended by The Game after the Donda rapper was barred from performing at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

In an Instagram post shared Friday evening, the 42-year-old rapper made a reference to the Grammys’ decision to remove West from the show, writing, “as if we didn’t know it was coming.”

“Time & time again they show us that they only want to STEAL the culture, not allow you to ever be their equals. In a more than obvious move for reasons of minuscule actions,” The Game wrote in his caption.

He later said that West’s exclusion “could be” because Noah is hosting the event before implying that “there was a conversation held amongst his team & the academy that led to the decision.”

The Game also suggested that the decision may have been due to Instagram’s recent decision to suspend West’s account for 24 hours “for reasons unknown” after the rapper allegedly used a slur on Noah’s page he commented on West’s split from Kardashian.

“We’ll just say it’s all of the above & a continuous disrespect for us & all that we have brought to the table in entertainment, media & sports over the last 100 years especially,” The Game said in his caption.

“Speak your mind in this country for yourself, family or your people & you’re ostracized immediately & if you push them hard enough they will stop at no ends to try and put an end to you as a whole,” he said. “I for one, have never been scared to speak my mind even understanding what the consequences may be.”

Afterward, a source told People that Kardashian was “furious” about the music video. “She thinks it’s way too violent and is upset,” the insider said, noting that the reality star is “completely over all of this and she wants it to stop.”

On Sunday, Noah reacted to the news of West’s removal from the Grammys lineup on Twitter, writing, “I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye.”

The 2022 Grammy Awards will air on CBS on April 3 at 8 p.m.