AMA Snub Still Stings for Kanye West

Monday, February 14th 2005, 10:23 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Kanye West has a beef with Dick Clark. West won three Grammys on Sunday, including best rap album for ``The College Dropout.''

But he lost the new artist trophy to Maroon 5, the same award he lost to country singer Gretchen Wilson at the Clark-produced American Music Awards in November. West complained bitterly about that defeat, but later apologized to Wilson. He also lost in his other two AMA categories.

Backstage Sunday, the Chicago rapper was still ticked off.

``I do not apologize to Dick Clark or the AMAs because you should not have had me perform and have me nominated for so many awards but not have an award,'' he said. ``I'm one of those guys that's like all new artists, `Oh, I just believe that everything is on the up-and-up' and now I see with some of those other awards shows that it's not.''

West was the most nominated Grammy contender with 10 nods. He also won best rap song for ``Jesus Walks'' and shared best R&B song for writing ``You Don't Know My Name'' with Alicia Keys and Harold Lilly.