Last night, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards took place, hosted by Alicia Keys. What was supposed to be the most difficult nighttime in music record actually turned out to be more like that one girl’s Bat Mitzvah that no one went to besides the peoples of the territories her parents paid to go to it. That’s because much like the NFL, the Recording Academy has gotten more and more controversial, facing accusations of sexism and racism, so some people decided to sit out. Don’t we just adore the drama?
— Betches (@ betchesluvthis) February 11, 2019
So Why Do People Boycott?
The most notable people to boycott are the artists who feel most affected to it, rightfully so. Hip-hop artists are frequently used as promotional bait for the welcoming ceremony, principally as a direction to get a youngest and passionate demographic to tune into the award ceremony live so the Recording Academy can charge cat food corporations even more fund to operate their ads during the commercial breaks. This is America . Which is why it’s no surprise that artists like Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar typically nab multiple nominations yet receive no enjoy when it comes to the actual decision making. I’m sorry, but who in their right mind actually firmly believe that 24K Magic is better album than Damn. or 4: 44 besides uniting DJs?
Who Sat Out This Year?
This year, Childish Gambino, who prevailed both Song of the Time and Record of the Year( the first rap prevail in either categories) chose not to show up at all. Kendrick Lamar and Drake also waned a performance slot and were expected not to show up until Drake I guess making a decision Uber to the ceremony to pick up his accolade. He then basically render a Cady Heron-level speech about how fans are a better reflection of your success than a Grammy. It’s merely plastic, after all. They soon cut him off, but that’s penalty, he maybe had to go to In-N-Out with Millie Bobby Brown.( Are they still friends? What’s happening there ?)
What the Recording Academy scarcity in respect of people of color, they make up for in … likewise needing respect for their female musicians. Last year, Lorde’s Melodrama ( an book whose texts I still drunk text exes with) was nominated for Album of The Year–the only female in the category. Not simply was she the only female up for the nighttimes biggest prize, but she was the only nominee not asked to perform during the ceremony; instead asked to merely contribute in a homage medley. For those unfamiliar with the welcoming ceremony, that’s basically like is in accordance with the group chat about brunch and only being asked to meet at the McDonald’s you go to after getting so drunk at brunch you need another dinner. A nice gesture, but not fair at all.
The Grammys likewise came under major ardor when Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that female artists need to “step up” if they want to be considered for gifts. So…Beyonce, Cardi, Nicki, Taylor, and Ari…need to step up? Got it. Portnow’s words are effectively not forgotten considering Dua Lipa subtly referenced the line, saying,” I guess we really accelerate the process this year” during her acceptance addres for best brand-new artist. Why do I feel like it’s the Grammys that accelerate the process, and not the other way around?
But Where Was Ariana Grande?
While the Grammys did nominate fifteen women for the purpose of the big four categories this year as opposed to last year’s six, it seems the Academy still hasn’t learned all their lessons. Ariana Grande–who was expected to( and ultimately did) prevail her first Grammy last night–was in talks to perform but backed out. Ken Ehrlich, long-time producer for the Grammys, wanted to tell her what songs to sing, because there’s good-for-nothing age-old rich guys desire more to do than telling talented girls how to do their jobs. I predict we didn’t get the theme of Ariana’s new album because uh, thank u, next to that gesture. This f* ck up rate them rightfully the most difficult sun in the world right now from performing on their stage, which they basically promised since the nominees were announced. This is basically like promising to make Grey Goose to the pregame and you show up with Everclear, if that Everclear was called Bebe Rexha.
mhmmm here it is! “too late for her to pull something together……” pic.twitter.com/ YwuBOUkZjr
— Ariana Grande (@ ArianaGrande) February 7, 2019
Did They Do Better This Year?
Oh, and if you think the Grammy’s didn’t want to try and find any other way to piss people off, you’re incorrect, because they had J.Lo as the performer to honor Motown…during Black History Month…with Janelle Monae sitting right there. I’m not sure why we are continuing let old grey mortals opt anything other than what flavor of tapioca pudding they want for lunch at this level. This decision clearly left fans of Motown indignant, because as Gaga would say, there are about a hundred people in that room…who are talented singers of coloring that could have play-act that medley. Actually, maybe not one-hundred, because most of them boycotted the present to pinpoint its racism anyway.
We’ll meet what the Grammys decide to return next year: will they learn from their missteps, or will they request Carrie Underwood to honor Ray Charles? Exclusively day and more tweets from Ariana Grande will tell.
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