Nas has never won a GRAMMY award.
While this travesty has been well-documented, every December, when the GRAMMY nominations are released, we are reminded that the legendary Queens emcee has been nominated 12 times and 12 times he's lost.
Unfortunately, despite an outstanding performance on "Nas Album Done" on DJ Khaled's GRAMMY-nominated Major Key album, Nas didn't snag a nomination for the 2017 awards. (In order to earn a trophy for an album you must contribute to at least 51% of the project. Otherwise, you get a certificate.)
But you know who did? Lil Yachty.
That's right. Thanks to his guest appearance on D.R.A.M.'s hit single "Broccoli," the ATL "mumble rapper" with the red beaded braids has a chance to earn himself a gold-plated gramophone in the Best Rap/Sung Performance category.
Now, before you jump off a bridge (please don't) or commit a hate crime in Nas' honor, keep in mind that "Broccoli" faces very long odds for winning the award. The song is up against stiff competition in "Freedom" by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, "Hotline Bling" by Drake, "Ultralight Beam" by Kanye West and Chance The Rapper and "Famous" by Kanye West and Rihanna. (The safe bet here is on Beyoncé... because Beyoncé.) Also, in case your blood pressure has risen while reading this article, you'll want to keep in mind that Nas is far from the only legendary emcee to never take home a GRAMMY—joining him in the 0-For Club are Snoop Dogg (17 nominations), Busta Rhymes (11 nominations) and Tupac (7 nominations).
If you're like me, though, and the thought of Lil Yachty adding an illustrious piece of hardware to his mantle before Nas is eating away at your hip-hop core, an action more unbelievable than Macklemore taking Rap Album of the Year in 2014 over Kendrick Lamar, we suggest you put all of your energy into supporting Chance The Rapper, who earned himself a whopping seven nominations.
The 59th GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, February 12.
By DJ Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.