Grammy Awards removes Kanye from lineup after Trevor Noah row, cites ‘concerning online behavior’

Rapper Kanye West was removed from the slate of performers for Sunday’s Grammy Awards shortly after lashing out at Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah on social media.

Earlier this week, it was reported that West had received a suspension from Instagram after taking shots at Noah on the social media platform using a racial slur. West’s volley against Noah was viewed as retaliation for commentary on “The Daily Show” where Noah discussed the rapper’s behavior since his wife Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce in February 2021, was recently declared legally single.

Noah, who empathized with women in abusive relationships with a story of his own mother being shot and wounded by his stepfather, asked: “As a society, we have to ask ourselves…Do we wish to stand by and watch a car crash when we thought we saw it coming?”

“Or do we at least want to say, ‘Slow down, let’s all put our hazards on, because there’s a storm coming and shit might go down,’” Noah added. “If Kim Kardashian cannot escape this, then what chance do normal women have?”

The answer from the Grammy’s is decidedly no. The Blast first reported Friday that the award ceremony had yanked the rapper from their lineup despite his album “Donda” receiving multiple nominations including Album of the Year.

Of course, while the award show’s decision to pull West from the performance is considered as a reaction to “what they deem to be concerning online behavior,” Noah also happens to be the host for the annual event.

The award ceremony is justifiably concerned over the possibility of West confronting their host as he is notoriously remembered for charging the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech in support of Beyonce. That incident led to future public shots fired between the pair over the years.

While West has yet to publicly respond to his cancelled performance, rapper The Game took to Instagram to issue his own statement on what he considers “a continuous disrespect” of black artists.


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The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, likened the removal of West from the lineup to Colin Kaepernick who he said, “still isn’t allowed in the NFL.” Taylor also remarked in his lengthy post that West’s suspension on Instagram was due to “reasons unknown” considering similar content that could be found across the platform.

Primarily though, Taylor focused on the backlash received if you, “Speak your mind in this country for yourself, family or your people…& if you push them hard enough they will stop at no ends to try and put an end to you as a whole.”

Taylor furthered his thoughts on speaking one’s mind by stating he has “never been scared” to do so “even understanding what the consequences may be.”

The list of performers who will continue as scheduled includes Billie Eilish, BTS, Lil’ Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne and Jack Harlow.


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