Kanye West and Jay-Z won ‘Best Rap Song’ for their song ‘Jail’ at the 2022 Grammys.
The Donda track beat off strong competition, including the late DMX’s ‘Bath Salts’, which featured Nas as well as Jay-Z. Baby Keem was also up for his Kendrick Lamar collaboration’ Family Ties’, Saweetie was nominated for ‘Best Friend’, and ‘My Life’ by J. Cole was also on the list.
West also won ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ for ‘Hurricane’, which featured The Weeknd and Lil Baby. His haul last night took Ye’s total number of Grammys wins up to 24.
Kanye was banned from performing at the Grammys due to his online behaviour and using racial slurs against host Trevor Noah. However, controversially, his nominations remained in place.
The Grammys ban occurred after it emerged West was temporarily banned from Instagram for continual abusive messages aimed at the comedian Pete Davidson and for his outburst against Noah.
The South African comedian called out the rapper’s actions. In the wake of his comments, West repeatedly called him a “k**n”, which according to Urban Dictionary, is a derogatory term used against a Black person who is anti-Black.
Many people have criticised the Grammys for allowing Ye to win despite his comments, although Noah said we shouldn’t “counsel not cancel” him.