Well it appears OutKast’s worry about having such an early entry into this year’s Grammy nominations would have a negative effect was all for not, as the group earned five nominations for the 44th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out February 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Other rappers included in the nominations were Ja Rule, DMX, Jay-Z, Nelly, and Eve. Read on for a full list of hip hop related nominations.
Sonia Murray of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked with Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and Andre “Dre” Benjamin of OutKast ahead of Friday’s announcement of this year’s Grammy nominees where they admit to being nervous mostly because their album was released too late in 2000 to be considered last year. Andre said, “Selling millions of records and reaching all kinds of people is great. That’s the objective. But the Grammys — that’s your peers. I think everybody would want that. So yeah, of course I hope we hear our names. I hope we call our names!”
OutKast are scheduled to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, January 3 (the day before Ja Rule performs on the show). In addition, look for Fabolous on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on Tuesday, January 8.
The nominees for the 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced at a press conference in Los Angeles on January 4 where Nelly Furtado, India.Arie, Ja Rule, Outkast, Train, Usher, and other artists will be on hand to give out the good news. The 44th Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles on February 27th, 2002.
OutKast’s latest effort, Big Boi & Dr. Dre Present, debuted miserably in the latest album charts on Hits Daily Double. For the week, the group sold only 93,834 putting it at a pathetic #30 in the charts. Rap was thin atop the charts with Ludacris dropping to #9 and Busta Rhymes dropping to #19, while Ja Rule dropped to #24. Fat Joe debuted at #35 with 79,000 sales of Jealous Ones Still Envy. Nate Dogg opened at #40 with Music & Me.
Spin magazine spoke with cartoon band Gorillaz about their thoughts on OutKast’s ‘Ms. Jackson’. Squirrel said, “Song of the year,” while Shifty said, “Best song. Period. Andre 3000 is the new George Clinton. He’s so funky and flamboyant and freaky. I love him.” Nakamura said, “OutKast are killin’ it. They are so original. It brings a tear to my eye.”
Outkast, Goodie Mob, and Organized Noize, have come together as Dungeon Family and put together an album due out November 20 under the Arista label calling themselves the Dungeon Family. Titled “Even in Darkness,” the album includes the premiere single “Trans DF Express.”
Jawn’s Juice reports that despite his thanking of a ‘father-in-law’ during his MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech, Outkast’s Andre is not married… he just misspoke as he meant to thank his stepfather. Andre’s mother had just recently gotten married.
MuchMusic has cancelled its biggest annual event, the MuchMusic Video Awards following the terrorist attacks in the United States on Tuesday. Scheduled to appear was rapper Outkast amongst others. Said MuchMusic general manager David Kines, “It is a time of uncertainty, a time to mourn, and to collect our thoughts and prayers. Out of respect for the victims and their families, MuchMusic has chosen to cancel this, the 12th edition of the annual event — and return in September 2002.”
Outkast won the Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video for his video Miss Jackson. Outkast told the crowd, “Man, first of all, I want to thank god upstairs. This is our first moon man right here, you know. I want to thank the director for the video, Gary Gray, my mom in the audience right there, Dre’s father-in-law. Mr. Hodo. I want to thank the whole hip-hop community. All our life experiences that brought us up–. We still in the house.”