Why Didn’t ‘Uptown Funk’ Contributor Trinidad James Take Home a Grammy?

By February 21, 2016Featured
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Don’t believe it? Just watch. Or better yet, listen.

Atlanta rapper Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” is incorporated into Bruno Mars’ crooning chorus in Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.” The spontaneous dance-party go-to of the century recently nabbed Ronson, Mars and the rest of the track’s production team Grammys for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance. All except for James.

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“Songwriters do not share in the nomination for a Grammy Award in a Record of the Year,” a Recording Academy rep told Complex. A song of the year win would have apparently grabbed James an award, as a songwriter.

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Despite the lack of recognition, James’ can’t-miss hook in “Uptown Funk” gets him an 8 percent financial cut of the song. (To break it down, that’s $150K out of a whopping $2 million.)