From the moment The Recording Academy decided to recognize rap/hip-hop as a separate and legitimate form of musical expression by designating a specific category to award the genre at the Grammy Awards, the two have had a tenuous relationship. DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince took home that first award for best rap performance in 1988, but they, alongside a number of rap acts at the time, boycotted the ceremony because their category would not be a part of the national telecast. It's been a constant battle for recognition ever since.
The Grammys are also coming under fire for their decision to cut a sizable number of categories from their roster, a move some, like Rev. Jesse Jackson who has floated the idea of a boycott, have argued would lead to less inclusion of diverse musicians.