Kanye West Asks Grammys for Sit Down, Academy CEO Responds

By Staff  |  02/25/2016

Kanye West

Kanye West offered some criticism toward the Grammys this week in a series of tweets, before publicly asking Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow to reach out... because he can help make the show "culturally relevant again".

"Hi Grammys this is the most important living artist talking. If I'm not at the show next year then there is no show," Ye tweeted. "I don't want to just fix the awards for me but I want to fix it for Dexter Navy who directed A$AP Rocky’s LSD video."

"You like your black people a certain way also. You wouldn't have Future perform and that man owned the clubs last summer," he continued. "All artists have a problem with it and I am going to fix it for us all starting right now."

Kanye concluded by saying that he wants to see Future and Young Thug at the Grammys. "Not just me and Jay in a suit."

While Portnow does not have a Twitter account, he took over the official Grammys account to respond. "I'm not on Twitter but just hit me up and let's have that sit down," Portnow wrote.

He also discussed Kanye and his comments, via an interview with the Rolling Stone.

"Kanye West is a creative pioneer who has been recognized and honored by the Recording Academy time and again," Portnow tells Rolling Stone. "We value his input as a member of the creative community, and our doors are always open to him. I continue to welcome Kanye, personally, to engage in a direct and productive dialogue about the future of music and the important role that music creators play in shaping that future."