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Kanye West Takes Aim at Grammys in Latest Twitter Rant

Kanye West is on yet another Twitter rant.

Twitter tirades have recently become a large part of the rapper’s personal brand. West turned to social media to take on his latest victim: the Grammys.

Included in the deluge of tweets were West’s thoughts regarding the artists rewarded (and not rewarded) by the awards show, the feeling of freedom he experienced when he revealed that he’s $53 million in debt, his pride in being a voice for the people and a casual announcement that a new album is coming this summer.

“I feel the Grammy awarding system is way off and completely out of touch,” he tweeted, adding, “Hi Grammys this is the most important living artist talking.”

He also called the ceremony’s handling of race into question: “You like your black people a certain way also. You wouldn’t have Future perform and that man owned the clubs last summer.”

West took the opportunity to directly call out Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts &Sciences, and ask to meet with him to “make the Grammys culturally relevant again.”

“You won’t always agree with me but I’m gon always be me. I’m woke!” West concluded.

Update: Portnow made the following statement Wednesday afternoon in response to West’s tweets:

Kanye West is a creative pioneer who has been recognized and honored by the Recording Academy time and again. 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.”

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