By Brandon Myong
A Grammy is an award given to a music artist to recognize their achievements in the industry, and is one of the big three music awards held annually. The Grammys, however, is the one that stands out the most, and most of the time, not in a good way.
Now, it’s obvious that if you have an award given to a single artist out of a handful that all deserve one, there is going to be some conflict on the internet and who really deserves it. The question is, if not only the artists’ fans are opposed to the decision, but the artists who won the award themselves too, are the awards really being given to the right people?
Let’s look at some examples of these “controversial” nominations/wins (or lack therefore of), that seem unfair and sometimes just downright wrong. In 2014, the artist Macklemore won a grammy over the artist Kendrick Lamar. Macklemore himself thought that the award was undeserved on his part, and even posted an instagram photo to Kendrick saying “You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you.”
In 2017 Adele won album of the year over Beyonce. In her speech she explained how she thought that Beyonce should have won and even broke her Grammy in half as some kind of a kind gesture (although it might have been an accident). In after show interviews she went on to discuss why she thought Beyonce should have won.
The last example is probably the most contributing to my point, the 2021 Grammy nominations. Throughout the year we heard of the two big artists, Dua Lipa with her album “Future Nostalgia” and The Weekend with his album “After Hours,” but more importantly, his song “Blinding Lights,” which was one of the most successful songs of the year. Not only did The Weekend nor Dua Lipa not win, The Weekend wasn’t even nominated for the Grammy. You’d think that means an album that just did better then the two would have won right? Well, I guess. Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” won the Grammy.
It doesn’t stop there either, Some artists who have been nominated and even won Grammys have boycotted and refused to go to the Grammys because of their very-questionable choices. The Weekend made a tweet calling out the Grammys, saying “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”. He stated that he was no longer allowing his label to submit his music to the Grammys and will no longer be attending them.
Eminem, who has won 15 Grammys, said in an interview “Never again will I … go to the Grammys” along with “They give it to who they want to give it to.” He also bashed the Grammys on his album “Kamikaze” in multiple songs like “Lucky You” and “Fall,” saying that they “suck the blood from all the biggest artists like some leeches so they nominate ’em, get ’em there, get a name to MC the show. Every parasite needs a host, then give Album of the Year to somebody that no one’s ever even heard of.”
With all this evidence of the Grammys being a little “misplaced” with their nominations and awards, multiple artists calling out the Grammys and some even refusing to go, it really makes you wonder what’s going on behind the public eye. The Grammys have however tried to make an effort to fix their mistakes, by changing the rules of how awards are given, saying “We made significant changes to our GRAMMY Awards process that reflect our ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape and to ensure that the #GRAMMYs rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable.” Hopefully this change takes effect soon because it seems a large amount of damage has already been done to the Grammys name.