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Kanye West Blames Himself for Grammy Snub

Kanye West
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Though the rapper came out on top with 7 nominations, he fell short in the album of the year and record of the year categories.

Kanye West fans watching the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! on Wednesday night may have thought the outspoken rapper was snubbed by the Recording Academy. During the broadcast, Ye was only mentioned in the song of the year category for his hit single, “All of the Lights,” failing to be recognized for the coveted honor of album of the year or record of the year.

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When the full list of nominees was revealed, West had nabbed the most nominations for the 2012 awards ceremony. The rapper earned seven nods for his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Watch the Throne, trailed only by Adele, Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters with six nominations each.

West remains silent on Twitter regarding the honor (and snub), but spoke out at a Thursday concert in Chicago, Illinois.

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“Something I figured out early today – because you know, everybody came up to me last night like, ‘Congratulations!’ because you know I’m leading the Grammy nominations this year. Like we always do it this time,” he said. “But, people focus, they say ‘You ain’t got album of the year or record of the year.’ But I figured out, that’s my fault for dropping Watch the Throne and Dark Fantasy the same year. I should have just spaced it out a little bit more.”

“But don’t worry, because me and Hov gon’ keep on making shit,” he continued.

West’s “All of the Lights” is nominated for song of the year, best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song. His My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is nominated for best rap album. Together, West and Jay-Z share nominations for best rap performance and best rap song for “Otis,” as well as best rap album for Watch the Throne.