Critics and fans argue all the time about award show snubs, but it’s not too often that the artists themselves (or their management) publicly complain about not getting nominated or not winning. Thanks to the ever-increasing prevalence of social media, however, the number of celebrities complaining about award shows in a public way has ramped up considerably in recent years. It's just a whole lot easier to whine to millions of people, instantly - no press needed.
Some artists on this list who complained about not getting awards kept their cool, hinting at subtle industry politics or vowing to try harder next year. Other celebrities who thought they should be nominated basically threw a fit, hurling insults at the voters and claiming the system is rigged. Vote up the legitimate grievances – or hilarious crybaby outbursts – you think are the most warranted.
The Emmys are all politics, that's why, despite nominations, The Apprentice never won--even though it should have many times over.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2012
Donald Trump’s 2012 complaints about The Apprentice getting snubbed in the Emmy nominations led to perhaps the only reference to a reality show - or the Emmys - in the history of US presidential debates. “There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him,” Hillary Clinton said in a 2016 debate, before referencing Trump’s claims about election rigging. The Apprentice was nominated for three years in a row between 2004-2006, but lost each time to The Amazing Race.
His full rant: “The Emmys are all politics, that's why, despite nominations, The Apprentice never won--even though it should have many times over … Emmys telecast is way down & lowest telecast on record among young adults. Emmys have no credibility-Should have nominated Apprentice again!”
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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson took to Instagram in December 2016 to vent about being snubbed for Starz’s Power. Jackson plays the character Kanan but also produces the show, so he was likely sore about the lack of nominations across the board.
He was right about the show’s ratings, by the way.
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second....this time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) December 6, 2012
In 2012, Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun went on a Twitter rant to express his displeasure over Bieber’s total lack of 2013 Grammy nominations. He was nominated for two awards in 2011 for the 2012 awards, but was overshadowed by his protégé Carly Rae Jepsen in 2012, who was nominated for two awards for “Call Me Maybe” (but later lost).
His full rant: "The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one… The hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. The kid delivered. Huge successful album, sold out tour, and won people over... this time he deserved to be recognised [sic] and I don't really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision I don't agree with.”
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Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or...?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Rapper Nicki Minaj wasn’t content with her three MTV Video Music Award nominations in 2015 - she wanted Best Choreography and Video of the Year nominations, as well. Minaj put scare quotes around “kind” and “other” as a dig at Taylor Swift, it appears, implying a racial or stylistic bias in the nomination process (Swift was nominated for - and later won -Video of the Year for “Bad Blood”).
Her full Twitter rant:
“Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or...? … If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well … When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.”
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