Do the Grammys matter?

Another year goes by, and this years Grammys have once again sent people into a frenzy, asking the same question they always do – do the Grammys matter any more? 

Now, of course the obvious answer to this is ‘yes, of course they do you idiot, they’re the Oscars of the music world’, but that comparison annoys me. They just don’t have the same weight at all. The Oscars command international attention, the public cares about them, we go out and watch the films and say which ones we think should win – no-one does that with the Grammys, and the only thing people seem to agree on is that, once again, the panelists got an award disgustingly wrong.

The history of the Grammys has not been a good one, mired with controversial winners, from Jethro Tull winning best Hard Rock/Metal Performance over Metallica in 1989, to the more recent upset of Macklemore winning Best Rap Album over Kendrick Lamar last year, and indeed Beck winning album of the year over Beyonce this year (which some people have been absolutely mortified by). Of course you get this kind of stuff in the Oscars, but it nevers seems as pronounced, and it never screams ‘whoops, we fucked up’ quite like the Grammys do.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also won Best New Artist last year

This is compounded by the fact that very few now use Grammys as measure of an artist’s talent – just look at the slew of bands and musicians from every genre, including Led Zeppelin, Nas, Bjork, The Who, Chuck Berry, Journey, and so and so forth, who have never won a Grammy. All of these are seen by many to be phenomenal artists.

So I’ll just come out and say it, and you can give me hell for being a whiny son of a bitch, but you won’t change my mind – the Grammys are a joke, a popularity contest where the star-studded go to have a party and not much else. Cultural popularity counts more than the actual music, and while that makes sense to some, it doesn’t to me.

The only thing they are good for is getting those glorious TV ratings, and they do a great job at doing just that, when they knowingly pick artists that are semi-decent but will still give them the controversy that they’re looking for, hence all the social media buzz – whether it be Macklemore, Mumford & Sons, Iggy Azalea (no disrespect to these guys in particular, but they just seemed obvious), you know it’ll cause outrage on Twitter. At least they have some good performances throughout the awards, I guess?

People hate on Kanye West for his antics at the Grammys, but I reckon he’s just expressing the same feelings that we, or at least I, feel towards the awards.

 

GRAMMYS – Major Awards:

Record of the Year: Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

Song of the Year: Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

Album of the Year: Beck’s “Morning Phase”

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

This article was written by Mo Hafeez

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