After the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences pared down its categories last year, excluding Latin music from its awards show, a group of Latin artists gears up for protest of the snub on Feb. 12, the same day as the Grammys themselves. Popular Latin performing artists like Ray Carrion, Oscar Hernandez, John Santos and Bobby Rodriguez will join a protest outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM. The group is also demonstrating in recognition of contemporary American Blues and Native American music, both also excluded from the Grammy awards.
Here are five other more blatant and televised awards show protests.
Marlon Brando Refuses Oscar on Behalf of Native Americans When Marlon Brando won an Academy Award in 1973 for The Godfather, he refused to accept it on principle. In his place, Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather, then-President of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee, to the stage. Brando had Littlefeather categorically dismiss the entire event, citing the dismal portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood and on television.
Wu Tang is For the Children At the 1998 Grammy Awards, the Wu Tang Clan lost the best rap album award to then-named Puff Daddy. Wu's Old Dirty Bastard was just not having that. He stormed the stage later in the night, talking about his new duds and how Wu Tang is for the children.
Soy Bomb At the same 1998 Grammy Awards, Michael Portnoy, a performance artist, rushed the stage during Bob Dylan's dumbed-down set. He appeared shirtless, with the words Soy Bomb painted on his stomach. Portnoy danced with possessed abandon until he was removed by security.
Kanye West Crashes Not One But Two MTV Awards This video cost a million dollars, fam! became a meme before the meme of Imma let you finish. The former is from Kanye West's first, and far-less infamous stage crash at the MTV Europe Video Music Awards, where he swiped the spotlight from French disco-house bangers Justice to promote his own video as better. The second is the more despised version, where he lauds Beyonce's video over Taylor Swift's. Sure, it might not really be a social protest, but it's some kind of protest nonetheless.