Kanye West at the 48th GRAMMY Awards in 2006
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Kanye West at the 48th GRAMMY Awards in 2006
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
U2 at 2006 GRAMMYs
For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, please join us in celebrating U2 bassist Adam Clayton's 60th birthday today, March 13, with this look back at one of the legendary rock band's GRAMMY highlights. At the 48th GRAMMY Awards in 2006, the Irish rock legends took home five golden gramophones, including for the high honors of Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year.
Below, watch U2 accept the Album Of The Year GRAMMY for their 11th studio album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, with a charming speech where Bono shouts out fellow Album Of The Year nominees Kanye West (Late Registration), Mariah Carey (The Emancipation of Mimi) and Gwen Stefani (Love. Angel. Music. Baby.).
As Bono, Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. approach the stage to accept the award, fellow Album Of The Year nominees Paul McCartney (Chaos and Creation In The Backyard) and West, dressed in a fierce lavender tux, congratulate the band.
"This is our second Album Of The Year, but we've lost two, Achtung Baby and All That You Can't Leave Behind, so now it feels that Kanye, you're next. [He's] a great artist that's been on the road with us [on the Vertigo Tour], [he's] extraordinary," Bono said on stage, rocking his signature tinted rimless shades with a cowboy hat and leather jacket. After also sharing complements for Carey and Stefani, he adds: "This is really a big, big night for our band."
"If ever there should have been a record called 'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own,' it should've been this one," Clayton added. "We had a lot of producers; Danny Lanois, Brian Eno, Flood, Nellee Hooper, Jacknife Lee, Carl Glanville, Chris Tomas and our friend Steve Lillywhite."
The GRAMMY-winning album was released on Nov. 22, 2004, including classic hits "Vertigo," "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" and "City Of Blinding Lights." The five GRAMMYs it helped the band win include Best Rock Album and Song Of The Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own."
Let's take a trip back in time to 2010: one year after hip-hop king Jay-Z released his 11th studio album, The Blueprint 3, which famously featured the song "Run This Town" featuring assists from Rihanna and Kanye West.
Come the 52nd GRAMMY Awards, "Run This Town" earned two golden gramophones: Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Check out Jay's acceptance speech for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration below.
Walking up on stage with Rihanna, Jay expressed his thanks to the song's counterparts. "I wanna thank Rihanna for her contribution, she made the song everything it is. I wanna thank the genius that is Kanye West, also the executive producer of Blueprint 3."
Enjoy the video above, and keep an eye out for more editions of GRAMMY Rewind, where we revisit history-making GRAMMY performances, acceptance speeches and much more.
Slipknot at the 2006 GRAMMYs
Photo: Danny Clinch
Today may officially be Halloween, but the artists in the below video prove you can rock your spookiest and most outlandish outfits anywhere, including on the GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMYs red carpet and stage. If you're still in need of a last-minute Halloween costume, this video will provide plenty of inspiration.
In the video you'll spot Lady Gaga's famous golden egg, which she was carried in across the 53rd GRAMMY Awards red carpet, giving birth to a fabulous "Born This Way" performance later that evening. You'll also find Sia rocking one of her iconic giant face-obscuring wigs and Daft Punk and the Blue Man Group (at the 2012 Latin GRAMMYs) just being themselves as they walk the carpet.
There are so many electric and eccentric looks packed into the one-minute video, so let's review a few more. The chrome and gold versions of the elusive French electronic duo's helmets were the ones they looked sleek in on the carpet at the 56th GRAMMY Awards in 2014. Evidently, being a robot is probably harder than we think, and they later changed into white helmets and suits for their funk-filled performance with Stevie Wonder, Nile Rogers and Pharrell Williams. This dynamic crew later took home Album Of The Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album, among other wins, for Random Access Memories.
Near the end of this video, you'll find Williams donning his infamous sky-high tan hat with a red Adidas track jacket, his GRAMMY look that year. In this reel, you'll also see CeeLo Green being CeeLo, on stage in a Carnival-meets-Knights-at-the-Roundtable ensemble during his performance of "Forget You" at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards, which also featured the Muppets and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The one and only Madonna channels a matador and Marie Antoinette at the 57th GRAMMYs, while Kanye West and Jamie Foxx suit up for the marching band during their performance of Ye's GRAMMY-winning hit "Gold Digger" at the 48th GRAMMY Awards in 2006. You'll also see funk legend Bootsy Collins posing with metal guitar slayer—and KFC bucket wearing—Buckethead, as well as fellow mask-concealing hard rockers Slipknot, who pose with their gramophones for Best Metal Performance in 2006. Finally, it would be sacrilegious on this day to not pay tribute to Nicki Minaj serving up Little Red Riding Hood couture in her 2012 Versace gown, alongside a Pope look-alike.
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Kanye West took to David Letterman's aptly titled Netflix series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" to talk about a wide range of topics such as career, fashion and influences, as well as social and political issues. The GRAMMY-winning producer/rapper also candidly addressed mental health, touching on his recent experiences, criticism he's faced and even the mental health care system, which he said he hopes to change.
“You feel everyone wants to kill you," West said, according to Pitchfork, of what it's like to be "hyper-paranoid" and then taken to a hospital. "You pretty much don’t trust everyone, and they have this moment where they handcuff you, they drug you, they put you on the bed, and they separate you from everyone you know...That’s something that I’m so happy I experienced myself so I can start by changing that moment. When you are in that state, you have to have someone you trust. It is cruel and primitive to do that.”
West also spoke to discrimination people with mental health issues face, pointing to how pressure can worsen a condition.
“This is a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle” he said, pointing to his head. “And if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not gonna push on him more. With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse. They do everything possible. They got us to that point, and then they do everything to make it worse.”
When asked by Letterman about medication and the concern of how it might affect creativity, West, who said he's been off medication for eight months, delivered ah honest response about his fears.
“Oh yeah,” West said. “That’s just the reality. You know, if you guys want these crazy ideas, these crazy stages, this crazy music, and this crazy way of thinking, there’s a chance it might come from a crazy person.”
On the musical front, West also opened up about his new project, Sunday Service. “It’s just an idea that we had to open up our hearts and make music that we felt was as pure and as positive as possible," he said, "And just do it for an hour every Sunday and just have something where people could come together and just feel good with their families.”
The hourlong episode, which also includes a styling session and ends with a performance of "Ghost Town" from West's 2018 album ye, becomes available on Netflix May 30.