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I Still Have Mixed Feelings About the Grammys

February 17, 2016

Back in 2010, I had written a blog post entitled ‘My Thoughts on the Grammys,’ in which I stated that ‘my feelings are fairly in-between’ about who gets nominated and who wins, or at least as far as ‘in the 21st century’ is concerned.

Granted, I still hold those feelings, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to simply say something immature at winners I don’t agree with.

To wit: I might not feel sure about Meghan Trainor being rewarded with a Grammy or about Justin Bieber being awarded Best Dance Recording at the 2016 Grammys, but maybe the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (or ‘NARAS,’ for short) thought they were good enough in their own right, even though many people will continue to disagree. They did the same thing with Britney Spears in 2005 when she won a Grammy, but to be fair, at least the NARAS didn’t award One Direction, the Backstreet Boys, J. Lo, or people like that (no disrespect to their fans) with even one Grammy so far.

Taylor Swift was the Album of the Year champion for the second time, this time for 1989. Frankly, not to take anything away from her, because she does have some talent, but I think that Lamar deserved that award more.

On the plus side, some of the 2014-15 winners struck gold in my book. Take Ed Sheeran, for example: His song ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ from the 2014 release X, won him Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Chris Stapleton and Kendrick Lamar, among others, also won Grammys. And Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ duet, ‘Uptown Funk,’ won a couple of Grammys (one of which was for Record of the Year).

Also, the Lifetime Achievement Award class stood out to me most of all, as always – in 2016’s case, Ruth Brown, Célia Cruz, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-D.M.C. – even though CBS hardly gave any mention to that party.

It’s also still odd to those who care about all kinds of music, like me, that the Non-General nominees and winners like ‘Best Classical This’ or ‘Best Jazz That’ have long since been pushed back from being included in the main telecast for decades to being honored in a separate, untelevised daytime ceremony, although the Grammy website does list them as well as the General ones.

Again, this isn’t to take away anything from any Grammy winner, but like I said before, if the Grammys also honored major achievements in music, or at least musical excellence regardless of genre (which actually echoed true in part for years after Frank Sinatra said ‘It’s all about excellence, not popularity’), or if there were to be a Global Grammy Awards ceremony (or something like a ‘Greatness in Music Awards show’ or ‘Artistic Achievement Grammy Award’) honoring all genres of music regardless of territory of release, the ratings would sink.