Can Kanye West win a general Grammy?
Before this year, he had been nominated 29 times and won 14. Sunday night, he's up for seven awards, making him the most-nominated artist at the show for the fourth time in the past seven years.
But West has yet to win a Grammy in the general category, which holds the four major prizes -- record, song and album of the year and best new artist. This year, he only has one major nomination -- a song of the year bid for "All of the Lights" -- to go with five nominations in the hip-hop category and one nod for best packaging.
So what's up with the Grammys' hot-cold relationship with 'Ye? Well, it has to do with the rules.
Nominations for the general category are handled by a special Grammy council, set up to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing nominations of the past, and voted on by all the members of the Recording Academy. Nominations in all the other categories are made and voted on by academy members who specialize in that category.
In other words, West is beloved by his fellow hip-hop artists, who shower him with nominations and Grammy victories year after year. Among the academy voters at large, though, West's popularity isn't as solid.
The result is the weird split, which will likely continue tonight. West takes it all in stride, though.
"I appreciate having the most nominations at the Grammys but I feel so conflicted by the fact that award shows sometimes are completely . . . illogical," West tweeted last month. "I wouldn't have the prestige I have if it wasn't partially for the Grammys' validation, and I honor that."