Kanye West may have been up for six Grammy Awards at the 2013 show, but he — as well as pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian — were nowhere to be seen.

Kanye was a no-show when he won four Grammys last year, and he pulled a repeat non-performance this year when he was honored with three. He hasn’t been in attendance since 2009, in the wake of the infamous Taylor Swift incident.

Continuing his protest of the exclusion of hip-hop and rap music from the major categories, he opted instead to jet down to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with Kim for carnival. On February 9, the same day she and Kanye posed in front of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Kim tweeted, “Good morning Brazil!!!!”

It’s no surprise Kanye took the opportunity to travel. During a concert in New Jersey on December 29, Kanye ranted (via HuffPo), “How many Grammys do we have? … Eighteen Grammys. All in the black categories, though. But nonetheless, 18. I love Maroon 5, but when I lost Best New Artist to Maroon 5 … you know what I mean? Or when Watch the Throne and Dark Fantasy, neither of them got nominated for Album of the Year, you know what I mean? Or when ‘N----s in Paris’ didn’t get nominated for Record of the Year, you know what I mean? So don’t expect to see me at the Grammys this year, you know what I mean?!

We know what you mean, 'ye.