Outkast is catching heat from Native Americans after their performance of ‘Hey Ya’ at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Andrew Brother Elk, chair of the Native American Cultural Center in San Francisco, tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “I was stupefied. I had never seen such blatant racist material on live television. At first I thought it was going to be some satire or a joke, but instead it was being played as entertainment.” He explained Andre 3000’s idea of dress-up and dancing inadvertently trampled on both sacred territory and kicked around stereotypes. Perhaps he didn’t realize he was cheaply imitating regalia, clothing laden with symbolism where everything from the feathers and beads to the color of the clothing itself and markings on one’s face has profound meaning to the wearer. Read more.
Contributed by AdamBernard:
Really, honestly, what do you think you’re doing? You used to be one of my favorite artists back in the day, and I’m not gonna hate on you simply because you’re doing music I don’t like, I have a much deeper reason for writing this letter. Your Grammy performance this past Sunday has to be one of the single most offensive things shown on television in the past decade. CBS has said nothing, television critics have said nothing, but this cultural critic is going to say it, you let yourself become a minstrel.
My jaw was on the floor. You coming out in what looked to be nothing more than some shabby ripped clothing (waaay too reminiscient of what a slave might wear had it been white rather than green), smiling and jumping around the stage. CBS then cut to shots of the crowd laughing and clapping. It wasn’t just like a scene from Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, it WAS a scene from Spike Lee’s Bamboozled……….
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Black Eyed Peas, Nas, Nick Cannon, The Roots, and Won-G were on hand for Outkast’s Speakerboxxx After Party sponsored by Polaroid, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and XBox at a private residence in the Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, California on Sunday (February 8). Check out pictures from FilmMagic and WireImage.
Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles went home with a leading five Grammy Awards, going home with awards in five out of the six categories she was nominated in. Other multiple winners included Alison Krauss, OutKast and Luther Vandross with three awards each, and Eminem, Jay-Z, June Carter Cash, Warren Zevon, and Justin Timberlake each with a pair of awards. Of those multiple winners, OutKast took the coveted Album Of The Year honors for ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’, while Vandross, with Richard Marx, scored Song Of The Year honors for ‘Dance With My Father’ from the album of the same name. Evanescence garnered the Best New Artist award in an upset over 50 Cent, while Coldplay scored Record Of The Year for ‘Clocks.’ Christina Aguilera was also a winner, accepting her award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ‘Beautiful.’
To OutKast’s Big Boi, the dramatic upswing in Grammy nominations for hip-hop artists this year feels like “kicking down a door. It’s almost like they couldn’t deny us anymore.” But to OutKast’s other main man, Andre 3000, the further acceptance of hip hop is “a little sad. Hip hop has become so pop,” he lamented to Jim Farber of the New York Daily News. “But the good thing is, when that happens it usually creates a reaction in the underground to create something new.”
*NSYNC star Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Outkast are among the latest performers added to the 46th annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday (January 13). The acts will join previously announced performers the White Stripes at the February 8th ceremony, to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).
Outkast’s critically acclaimed ‘Speakerboxx/The Love Below’ has been voted the best album of last year in the UK, beating out Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Boy In Da Corner’ in an HMV chart of the year’s greatest releases. HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: “It’s a real melting pot of styles and rightly deserves the praise heaped on it.”
Ludacris and Outkast were on hand for a Thanksgiving Day Bash on Thursday (November 27). Check out pictures from GettyImages.
Democratic Presidential candidate Wes Clark has weighed in on the future of Outkast in his latest political advertisement geared towards young voters. Watch it here.