Cold Shoulder: When Musicians Participate in Boycotts

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  • Public Enemy
  • Jay-Z
  • Fresh Prince, DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • Gil Scott-Heron
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Kanye West
  • Jay-Z
  • Mos Def
  • Nas
  • 50 Cent, Diddy

Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff Boycott the Grammys

The riff that the hip hop community has with the Grammys first came to light in 1989. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith), the first rap act to ever win a Grammy, refused to attend the 1989 ceremony in protest of the hip hop portion of the show not being televised.

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