Houston Forward Times

29 January 2014 Written by 

Are the Grammy’s a Popularity Contest?


India Arie is one of many people who spoke out about the GLARING inconsistencies with the premise of the GRAMMY awards program and what actually happens…every year. By now you have probably heard about the questionable results in which ‘Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ swept this year’s rap categories. Yes. Swept. Well take it from a Grammy award winning artist like Idia Arie to put it all in perspective for you. She shared her thoughts and insights upon conclusion of the show:

@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the only one who was robbed. Personally, I was pleased he was able to perform and they KILLED! IT! One of the FEW moving moments of the night for ME. Though it’s called “Music industries biggest night” the #Grammys are NOT about the music, it’s a popularity contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on name recognition alone - the music industry politics is a whole NUTHER conversation. Too much to go into here. The American Music Awards is a show that awards sales and popularity - the #Grammys are SAID to be about the music. If the hip hop community voted on hip hop - r&b COMMUNITY the same - same for each category - we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We all know that’s just not the way it goes. NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music. Where was the black music community represented in last nights #Grammy show? Performers and Winners (or not) … Where were the black artists? And this isn’t the first time the #Grammy’s has had a show all but excluding young black America and black artists in general, although we set the worlds musical trends. Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other artists were on stage TWICE?

India Arie raises some great points and knowing musicians that work in that industry I too am convinced it isn’t an even playing field. I think it’s outrageous that all genres of music aren’t equally represented during the awards program. I do mean all genres.  The majority don’t even have an opportunity to perform. If that is that case perhaps the Grammy awards should be renamed what they’ve become “The Top 40 Awards” and should stick to that.

Maybe it’s just time for a new standard in recognizing musical excellence.

MAA WereReady