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Yesterday Omarion walked the fine line between f-ck boy and boy in his feelings when he went off on Twitter about being allegedly snubbed for a Grammy. Let us let him explain:

Oh sweet little Maybach O. The only one acting like you’re new to this is you. If memory and internet research serves me correctly, Omarion has consistently been recognized “by the game.” The problem is he’s not seeking acknowledgement, he’s seeking white affirmation.

See, Omarion has gotten props from the black community since his B2K days. B2K’s debut album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs albums chart. The group’s second album, Pandemonium!, debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 and at number three in terms of Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, with the lead single, Bump, Bump, Bump, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

As a solo artist, Omarion’ debut album, O, reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album. So why, sir, are you in your feelings? Yes, “Post to Be”, an essentially pop track about eating the booty like groceries, was certified platinum and reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. But please don’t act like the Grammy’s never acknowledged your chosen destiny. Especially when you don’t care about other entities that consistently do.

This year, Omarion, Jhene Aiko, and Chris Brown won best collaboration at the Soul Train Awards. Do you think he showed up to accept his award? Nope. He’d much rather sit at home and cry over a bunch of white people not acknowledging his so-called greatness rather than appreciating the black entities that do.

That’s why Omarion can miss me with all the talk about being the underdog in the industry. Not only does he sing songs that are catchy yet forgettable, he doesn’t even care when his own people recognize the chart-topping success of his pop tunes. If a rant like this didn’t work for Nicki Minaj, Omarion should know it most certainly won’t work for him. And until he stops seeking validation outside of his loyal demographic and appreciating the support they’ve given him over the past 10 years, he’ll never be happy. And we’ll never take him or his silly tears seriously.

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  • Alexious Johnson

    His lil Grammy rant not with standing; did anyone consider that maybe his absence from the STA was due to his displeasure with the fact that the new “He Who Shall Not Be Named” would be performing??? Just a thought…
    I had the same initial reaction when I learned of his absence on another site, before having a chance to read the article, but if Kenneth “babyface” Edmonds is at the STA surely Omarion couldn’t possibly be under the impression that attending said show is beneath him. In fact it would have been an excellent chance to network with a producer that undoubtedly could have help him along the way with aspirations, OK more like catapulted considering nor Mr.Edmonds or any artist he has ever worked with are begging for Grammies. I would find it difficult to believe he has achieved even this level of longevity in such a fickle and viscious industry and would be capable of being unaware of that fact and is also surrounded by individuals who failed to point it out!!! I think his absence was very deleberate, and now that his “rant” has further highlighted it, I am curious to see what his explanation will be….
    Then again I may be giving him too much credit…

  • Myra Esoteric

    “Post To Be” is a nice, catchy song but too often, mainstream shows want to cram minorities into one or two EEO-mandated token slots.

    Taking a minority genre of music as an example, metal bands are almost never represented at the Grammys so that type of music has its own awards show system.

  • binks

    First, do people still care about the Grammy’s? The Grammy’s is not the high standard of celebrating musical talent like it once was in fact it is on par with a lot of these other award shows. And looking at the nominee list this year a lot of people were snubbed. Secondly, I wholeheartedly agree with black artists need to support and go to Black Award Shows that highlight and express Black excellence instead of being a token to these mainstream award shows. Stop giving these people power, money and ratings. If they aren’t showcasing you don’t go and surely don’t beg or rant pay them dust. Personally, I think our award shows are light years better I haven’t actively watch a mainstream award show in awhile but catch the highlights of the artists I like. Post to Be was a bop to do a little two step too but the best R&B collaboration of all time…side eye.

    Furthermore, I think a lot of Black artists need to wake up, I don’t know if they see the writing on the wall but I see mainstream media and the entertainment industry are trying to phase them out and limited them for a newer, younger AND whiter version of stars.