I have a free moment at work and I’m feeling less sick, so let me just finally bitch about the Grammy’s for a second.
I fucking love Adele and want her to win awards because she’s a shining beacon of actual talent and quality in the music industry. For me, Adele’s popularity and recognition is in many ways the public saying en masse to the music industry, “We’re not stupid, and we reward quality, talent, and effort.” She’s in many way a symbol of how the typical, hyper-marketed pop star mold isn’t what works, and how we deserve better.
And usually I just want her to have all the Grammys.
As the same with every
award show, there are people or projects that are going to get snubbed and left
out of the final conversation. The Grammys are no exception. So here are some
of the snubs following the announcement of the nominees for the 59th
Alessia Cara for Best New Artist: The 20-year-old pop singer has
been a bright spot in music this year. Her debut single “Here” was a hit on
radio and tuned into an anthem for introverts everywhere. Her album, Know-It-All, was a perfect pop album
that captured the ideas of the youth of 2016. Currently, her single “Scars To
Your Beautiful” is a stand out in the Top 40. An empowering song that struck up
a movement of self-acceptance. Cara has shown she is the future of pop music by
being authentic, something that’s hard to find in pop music today. And people
know she’s the next big thing. Coldplay tapped her as their opener for their
2016 tour. The Recording Academy got it wrong not giving her the Best New
Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Let’s
face it, “Work From Home” was one of the hottest songs of the year. It hit #1
on the Pop Songs and Rhythmic charts and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It’s the highest charting song by a girl group in 8 years. The video is the
most viewed video of the year with over 1 Billion views. The last time a girl
group was nominated for this award was 2007. Would it have won if nominated? Probably not. But they deserved the nomination. The Recording Academy overlooked
Fifth Harmony big time.
The 1975 for Best Pop Vocal Album: I feel like the reason The 1975’s
I like it when you sleep, for you are so
beautiful yet so unaware of it was snubbed from a nomination was because its
hard to pin point the album to one genre. The album was a true pop album, but voters
maybe don’t see The 1975 as a pop group. They’re too Alternative for the pop
categories and too pop for the rock categories, so they go left out. I like it when you sleep was one of the
most honest 2016-esque pop albums of the year and deserved a nod more than Demi
Justin Timberlake for Record of the Year: This one baffles me. How
does “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” not get nominated for Record of the Year? It
debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and was one of the songs of the summer…and fall…and
winter. Its been a hit with all ages. I firmly believe the Recording Academy
has it out for JT. They snubbed The 20/20
Experience for Album of the Year a few years ago and now this.
So there you have it;
some of my most notable snubs from this year’s Grammy nomination. Agreewith me? Disagree with me? Let me know!