Two artists who have recorded homophobic lyrics have been nominated for a Grammy.
Busta Rhymes’ song “Touch It” was nominated for best Best Rap Solo Performance. The remix of “Touch It” features Lloyd Banks, DMX, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, Papoose, and Rah Digga. It also features a line from Busta saying “Fuck you faggot, I shot at you!”
Earlier this year Busta Rhymes caused a scene in Miami Beach when he went off on a gay man who tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.
According to the New York Post, Rhymes and his bodyguards were at the 11th Street Diner in Miami Beach when the incident occurred. Located next door to popular gay club Twist, the restaurant was “packed with transvestites, gay men and drag queens, which obviously made Busta a little edgy," eyewitness Thomas Barker wrote in an e-mail to the paper.
"This became evident when a young gay guy came up behind Busta and tapped him on the shoulder to congratulate the rapper on his recent comeback,” Barker wrote. “Before the guy could even mutter a word, Busta turned around and repeatedly screamed, ‘Why the f*** you touchin’ me, man? Get the f*** away from me.’”
Barker says the rapper’s two bodyguards jumped into the situation by shoving the man away. Afterwards, Busta reportedly whispered to his bodyguards, ‘I hate fucking faggots, man.’”
In the category for Best Reggae Album, Buju Banton’s “Too Bad” album has received the golden nod from the Grammy’s. As you will recall, a number of Banton’s shows were cancelled earlier this year do to the infamous recording of the song “Boom Bye Bye” which calls the murder of lesbians and gays. When he spoke to Billboard about the controversy he showed no remorse saying to the gay community “Fuck them.”
In other Grammy news, earning five of her eight nominations in the R&B Field, Mary J. Blige dominates the field. Among her nods, in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category she earned a nomination for "Be Without You," along with Beyoncé ("Ring The Alarm"), Mariah Carey ("Don’t Forget About Us"), Natalie Cole ("Day Dreaming") and India.Arie ("I Am Not My Hair").
Grammy ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed to the voting members of The Recording Academy on Dec. 13. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 10, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.