Grammy Awards Become Controversial

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Grammy Award winners Kenny Rogers and Larry Butler statuettes are on display.

Rhea Thakkar, Staff Writer

The Grammy Awards are facing many allegations and accusations from numerous celebrities and famous personalities who would normally attend the award show. Presented by The Recording Academy, the Grammy Awards is a ceremony that honors and awards the people who form the music industry. In the past, the Grammy Awards have been controversial due to the lack of transparency when it comes to nominations. The biggest controversies happen because the Academy chooses the winners, and it doesn’t necessarily line up with public opinion.

Celebrities have called out the Grammy Awards on numerous occasions. Singer-songwriter, Halsey, described the Grammy Awards as, “an elusive process,” on her Instagram. She recently exposed the process of the “behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people…”. Halsey aired these concerns on November 28, 2020, after not receiving a single nomination for her widely acclaimed 2020 album, Manic.

Another widely successful artist in 2020, immensely famous Canadian singer and songrwriter, The Weeknd, did not receive a single nomination either after his hit song, Blinding Lights, was released. The Weeknd took to Twitter saying, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency.”  The public remains in the dark as to why The Weeknd was not asked to perform.  However, many suspect it is due to The Weeknd’s upcoming Superbowl performance. According to Variety magazine, Recording Academy chief Harvey Mason Jr. responded to The Weeknd’s accusations by saying that he too was surprised that The Weeknd did not receive any nominations.

Cullen Holt, a ninth-grader at LMP,  had this to say about the awards, “I personally think the Grammys deserve their criticism as their nominations in the past and putting songs in categories that the song should be in a different category in. The Grammys made unfair nominations, picking their favorites, and social media has exposed them for their underlying racism in their nominations.”

Many big artists have criticized the Grammys in the past including Drake, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and even Kanye West. Though these notable personas have won Grammys, many have frowned upon the innate bias and underlying favoritism for some of the artists. Nicki Minaj shared her own concerns about the awards when she tweeted, “Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade.” Drake, who has bashed the Grammys in the past, had his own comments on the award show when he came to The Weeknd’s defense and suggested creating a new award show for the many generations to come.

The Grammy Awards have faced insults and allegations for years now and celebrities are turning on the award show. Many wait to see if there will be a new one instated just as Drake recommended or some sort of response from the award ceremony.