Ludacris is recalling a wild moment from his win at the Grammys back in the day … and it’s all about Justin Timberlake‘s explicit reaction to Luda’s big night — which sounds jarring.
The story, as Ludacris explained on “Drink Champs,” goes like this … Ludacris was backstage at the 2007 Grammys after winning the award for Best Rap Album and he was dropping f-bombs and letting out his emotions.
Back then, Ludacris says artists went into little holding areas only separated by thin curtains … which didn’t offer much privacy.
Once Ludacris ended his celebration, he says he heard a voice from the other side of the curtain … “Shut the f*** up, some of us didn’t win any g****** Grammys!!!”
Luda says he pulled back the curtain … only to find Justin Timberlake standing there, and in his mind — it was clearly him who yelled it.
Hard to tell if Luda is all that bent out of shape about it — if anything, he seems to find it more amusing than anything all these years later. Based on his demeanor here, he clearly loves to tell the tale and still gets a kick out of it in 2024.
Ludacris says he was extra amped after winning the award because he had come up short for years and set out to win a Grammy when he recorded “Release Therapy.”
Justin’s funny outburst was a bit premature … he lost Best Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year for “FutureSex/LoveSounds” but won two Grammys … Best Rap/Song Collaboration for “My Love” and Best Dance Recording for “Sexy Back.”
FWIW, Luda says it’s all love with Justin … calling JT “gangsta” — so he’s good in his book.
This type of story certainly might’ve landed poorly if Luda was actually upset with Justin — dude’s still in a bit of an uphill battle in terms of getting his fanbase back amid backlash from Britney Spears/Janet Jackson lovers. Luckily, Luda isn’t piling on … at least not really.