The-Dream fumes at Grammys snub, looks forward to working with Katy Perry and Ciara

Some artists like to say they don’t care about awards. Terius “The-Dream” Nash is not one of them. When his album Love vs. Money was shut out of the Grammy nominations last week, the R&B singer and songwriter (“Umbrella,” “Single Ladies,” “Touch My Body”) was so peeved he went on an extended Twitter rant. “I couldn’t believe it,” he tells the Music Mix. “I grew up looking at the Grammys. It was a childhood infatuation with these people walking around with gold statues. I felt like they were the best, and that’s why I started working so hard.”

The-Dream says he wasn’t expecting to make it into an elite contest like Album of the Year, but he was surprised that Love vs. Money was left out of the Best Contemporary R&B Album category. (The nominees there were Beyoncé’s I Am…Sasha Fierce, T-Pain’s Thr33 Ringz, Jamie Foxx’s Intuition, Trey Songz’ Ready, and Pleasure P’s The Introduction of Marcus Cooper.) “I don’t think anybody does contemporary R&B albums better than me. I don’t know how to dunk; I don’t know how to throw a football 50 yards. But I know how to write some motherf—ing R&B songs!”

Speaking of writing R&B songs, The-Dream did pick up a couple of nominations this year for co-penning Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” — including one in the prestigious Song of the Year category. “I respect and appreciate that,” he says. But without any recognition for his own recordings, he’s not planning on attending the Grammys ceremony on Jan. 31. If “Single Ladies” should win Song of the Year, he says, “I’m probably not going to be up there to take the trophy.”

In the meantime, The-Dream is hard at work on upcoming releases by Ciara (“We’re trying to get her back to where she was her best, and that was that first album“) and Katy Perry (“The stuff that I’m doing is really ’80s-driven”). And he’ll have another chance to catch Grammy voters’ ears (or not) when his own third album, Love King, arrives next spring. Barring any sudden turnaround in his performing career, though, The-Dream plans to make Love King his final release before returning to life as a behind-the-scenes hitmaker. “I won’t release another album just for the sake of doing it. I’d love to give those records to younger people.”

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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    Just make sure his residual checks aren’t late .. he will go gangsta on you

  • ES

    aww. that sux. dream should have been nominated for his album. i listen to his music all the time. i like pleasure p, but i dont get why he was nominated. is it cuz of the controversy surrounded him?sux he wont put out music after love king. he’s a great songwriter. he should keep doing it.

    • Maureen

      I’m equally perplexed by Pleasure P’s nomination. His album really isn’t that good compared to the other people’s he’s nomianted with. The-Dream definitely should have gotten recognition for his own album/songs.

    • Preston

      I liked Pleasure P’s album. It’s like a throwback to some of the classic ’70s R&B albums that the Isley Brothers did, but clashed with today’s modern urban sounds . Most of his album consists of ballads, but I like Your Love and it’s ’70s styled groove. It wasn’t a single like Boyfriend #2 or Under, but I like it the most. I’m pleased that he got some nominations!

  • graeme

    Well, yeah, his album was very solid. It did deserve some R&B noms.

  • Ellipsian

    Love ya lots, The-Dream, but “Love vs. Money” wasn’t anywhere near as good as your brilliant debut album. Besides, you’re retiring from yourself and are going to be purely a behind-the-scenes guy; your noms are as a behind-the-scenes guy, so that’s what should matter, right? Just keep making music, and shhhhh.

  • dave

    Sure the album was good. And he probably deserved that nomination over the likes of the dreadful T-Pain. But seriously, lose the sense of entitlement and s***ty attitude. Stop crying and being bitter about it. We don’t need another Kanye West.

    • Lea

      Amen. It’s absolutely ridiculous when people feel they are entitled to these awards. Oh yes, I feel so bad for you, with your five cars and your grossly oversized house. Get off it already.

  • Rich

    If it makes The-Dream feel better, I personally think his s****y R&B album was just as s****y as the s****y T-Pain, Jamie Foxx, and Pleasure P albums.

    The Maxwell and Raphael Saadiq records were head and shoulders above everything else from the last 12 months. Sorry The-Dream.

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  • Kim

    Is this vain, overgrown baby the new Kanye?

    • hank

      zero class, both of them

  • Leo

    ““I don’t think anybody does contemporary R&B albums better than me.”

    Get over yourself, you arrogant, low-class idiot. There were many shut-outs this year. Whitney Houston, anyone? And if one of his songs does win and he is not there to accept, does he really think that anyone outside of his mother actually cares?

  • MjSMoke

    I agree that The Dream’s album was good but Jamie, T-Pain and Pleasure P. should’ve been replaced with Chrisette Michelle, Maxwell and Raphael Saadiq. By far the three best R&B albums of the year!

    • Preston

      Chrisette Michele’s album should have been nominated for best R&B album. But another album that I felt was overlooked wae Le’Toya’s second album. That was a good album that gets better every time I hear it.

  • Preston

    I’m sure he’s even upset that he and his hit making producer partner Christopher “Tricky” Stewart aren’t nominated for producer of the year. At last count, I have heard 57 songs produced by Stewart, either by himself or with the Dream in 2009! Dream was on about 45 or 50 of the songs with Stewart. They did Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Ciara, Ace Hood, Dream’s own album and floods of other songs! The Beyonce and Jamie Foxx songs Stewart did in 2008 pushes it to 63 songs so far! They defined the urban music landscapes this year! Dream’s own album was good, but maybe it was too good for the Grammy voters.

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