The Game and YG think the Grammys are rigged ... because gangster rappers are getting screwed over.
Game tells TMZ ... people at the Grammys "don't respect our culture or our music. Unless we cross over, we ain't winning s**t."
YG is incredulous ... his album, "My Krazy Life," debuted at #1 on Billboard yet he didn't get a single nomination. He told Big Boy Tuesday his music was way better than most, but he wouldn't be specific.
The irony ... both YG and Game think the Grammys shut out any rapper who is not mainstream, which is ironic given that YG sold more albums than just about anyone in the rap category in 2014.
Game's parting shot ... "We can’t even get police convicted of coldblooded murder, so we definitely ain't winning no f**king Grammy."
Best Lawsuit of the Year
Sell an Oscar
Go Directly to Court
12/16/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
And the Oscar goes to ... some dude on eBay, and now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is going after the relative of an actual winner.
A guy named Robert Surtees won an Oscar in 1953 for cinematography for the "The Bad and the Beautiful." Robert is now dead, and his daughter-in-law, Carol, apparently needs some cash, because she put the statue up on eBay and there was indeed a market ... she sold it for $40,500.
Here's the problem ... there are strings attached to winning an Oscar, one of them being that if the winner wants to sell it the Academy can step in and buy it for the very reasonable price of $10.
So the Academy is pissed, and they've filed a lawsuit, not only asking for the sale price but they want a judge to give them the statue ... of course, after the Academy ponies up the $10.
Porn Awards Want to See
What Dat Mouth Do
12/9/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lorde's innocent flirting with porn star, James Deen, could land her deep in the sex-on-cam biz -- the porn industry wants her for a gig at their award show.
Porn sources tell TMZ ... Adult Video News (AVN) sent an enticing email to the singer inviting her to open wide ... and sing for the AVNs (the porn Oscars) in Vegas next month.
Back in November, Deen and Lorde safely exchanged mutual love -- on Twitter -- which AVN believes is a strong enough connection for her to perform at the show.
No word on whether she'll accept the invite, but AVN is convinced her “passion for a good story” makes her a perfect fit.
Barely legal bonus: Lorde just turned 18.
Enjoy the View
11/24/2014 2:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez showed off her gymnast-level flexibility as she performed on stage at Sunday night's American Music Awards ... sending a message to other pop stars -- bow down to this booty.
The 45 year-old singer performed Sunday with Iggy Azalea ... and even though Beyonce and Nicki Minaj have reached for the ass queen throne -- this ankle-grabbing move solidifies J.Lo's position.
She's still Jenny from the block ... from all angles.
Iggy & J.Lo
Scare the Crap out of ABC's AMAs
With Their Booty
11/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez have created excruciating stress on several ABC staffers -- the censors who will have their hot little fingers on the button during Sunday's American Music Awards.
Our spies tell us ... Iggy and J.Lo will perform "Booty" ... and network honchos are nervous ... real nervous. The execs have set the ground rules ... no cracks, no rubbing. There will be a 3-4 second delay, but these shows have a rich history of raunchy performances slipping through ... the cracks.
It's interesting ... we're told ABC has not put the kibosh on spanking ... something fairly prominent in the music video. But that's as sexual as execs will allow.
The question ... will Iggy and/or J.Lo cross the line?
BOMBED at Awards Show
In More Ways Than One
11/15/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Depp was either really drunk Friday night at the Hollywood Film Awards, or ... who are we kidding, he was really drunk.
Depp was presenting the best documentary award to “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” ... but it took about 3 seconds to realize the actor had partaken at the table.
CBS eventually cut to a commercial after Depp rambled on, dropping a few cuss words ... and guess who was still there when they came back from break, ready to hand off the award?
Mike Myers, one of the film's directors, told Variety the whole thing was very rock and roll.
Yeah, in a Joplin-y sort of way.
Take That Deadmau5
... I Won a DJ Award
11/13/2014 8:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Deadmau5 may have won the battle, but it looks like Paris Hilton won the war -- because the heiress scored an award in Monte Carlo for spinning ... and it was presented by a legendary DJ.
Paris won "Women's Newcomer of the Year" Wednesday at the NRJ DJ Awards ... and Bob Sinclar handed her the honorary statue.
It may not be the Grammy's ... but with winners like Avicii, David Guetta and Steve Aoki -- it's pretty impressive. Especially since it was voted on by the fans.
Deadmau5 was not impressed ... he just tweeted, "Congrats on the NRJ award. What the f*** is an nrj award?"
Suck It, Mr. President!!!
11/6/2014 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Carrie Underwood may not be your classic country s**t-kicker, but she's definitely a s**t-stirrer ... because she got the CMA crowd all riled up Wednesday night by taking a shot at the Prez.
Carrie and Brad Paisley got all political with a reference to Taylor Swift, whom they suggested has abandoned country music.
There's a tiny bit of room for interpretation ... whether the audience is going wild over the fact that the Democrats lost the Senate, or whether Obama is so unpopular he derailed his own party.
It's the second time in 2 years Obama's been skewered at the Country Music Awards.
Oh, and Brad took a shot at TMZ, too. We'll take that as a challenge.
AMA Producers DID Want the Pope
And I Got Proof!
10/27/2014 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sinead O'Connor says she's got proof AMA producers wanted her to stand alongside Pope Francis during their upcoming show ... and claims anyone saying otherwise is full of crap!
We broke the story ... an American Music Awards source told us Sinead's recent rant against them was ridiculous -- because they never discussed a Pope appearance. But O'Connor says that's BS.
TMZ obtained emails between Sinead's management team and her record label ... clearly referring to a discussion they had with AMA staff about appearing alongside the Pope.
Sinead's manager claims when he asked who producers were trying to snag for the show ... the record label rep said, "Take a deep breath ... Pope Francis. No joke."
It appears Sinead's position is that the AMAs wanted her essentially for a stunt ... to bring her and the Pope together on the stage, given the backdrop of beef the singer had with the Pontiff.
O’Connor tells TMZ that she believes show producers are just trying to damage her career by labeling her a liar. She feels used.
Lied About Pope Duet Plans
10/20/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
American Music Awards sources are saying they never wanted Sinead O'Connor to stand alongside Pope Francis on their show ... they say she was the one pushing for the appearance.
Sources close to the production tell TMZ ... it was actually HER team who contacted the AMAs ... but having Sinead end her Pope beef during the show was NEVER discussed.
We're told show producers were interested in Sinead being on the show ... but they say her claims about the Pope -- which she made on her blog -- are ridiculous and a tweet was never sent.
Sources say producers feel Sinead's been spewing BS for decades, so this rant is nothing new. More importantly ... we're told she will absolutely not be appearing on the award show now.
Sinead famously ripped apart a photo of Pope John Paul II during her 1992 performance on "Saturday Night Live" ... which got her banned from the show for life.
The Award for Best Fall Goes to...
9/5/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You couldn't blame a stagehand from the MTV Video Music Awards for having stage fright -- the guy took a painful fall off a red carpet platform ... according to the lawsuit he just filed.
Barry Glenn Bass says he was part of a work crew on the 2012 award show at Staples Center ... when a stage collapsed, causing him to plunge six feet. In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, he says the stage had not been properly supported.
Bass claims he was hurt badly enough that he was unable to work and got saddled with medical bills. The suit doesn't specify his injuries.
He's suing MTV's parent company, Viacom ... and AEG, which owns the venue -- saying they were responsible for the "unsafe" conditions that caused his tumble.
We reached out to MTV and Viacom … So far, no word back.
I Don't Care Who Shot Me
9/2/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight says it doesn't really matter who fired six shots into his body during a pre-VMA party -- because he's not concerned with getting revenge ... or at least that's what he wants you to believe.
Suge called in to TMZ Live Tuesday to talk about his recovery since the the shooting last month, and gushed about everything from his treatment at Cedars-Sinai ... to his new outlook on life after surviving.
As for who shot him -- Suge hints he might have seen the suspect, but quickly states it doesn't really matter because he's focused on other things now.
As TMZ first reported ... Suge dodged conversations with investigators while he was in the hospital. Now that he's recovering at home ... it doesn't sound like Suge's changed that stance.
6 Bullet Holes & Huge Surgery Scar
The First Photos
9/2/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight's torso looks like a piece of Swiss cheese -- riddled with 5 bullet holes, plus another in his arm -- and these photos of the damage make you wonder how in the world he survived.
In the pics, obtained by TMZ, some of Suge's wounds are still packed with gauze ... after the shooting nine days ago at a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown.
You can also see the massive scar down the middle of his gut-- sources tell us doctors had to slice his torso open to make sure the bullets did not hit any major organs. Amazingly, they did not.
One crazy detail -- the bullet hole in Suge's arm is inches away from his ink honoring Tupac. One cool detail -- docs stapled him up so well, his tatt of a vintage whip almost looks untouched.