Why The Grammy’s Don’t Matter Anymore


Richard Shotwell

The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) appears at the Uncut Gems Premiere on December 12, 2019 at Los Angeles, California. Tesfaye released his album After Hours to critical acclaim this year despite not receiving any Grammy nominations.

Maxwell Grady, Staffer

The Grammy Awards have been around for over 60 years and have provided awards for musical artists who work their hardest everyday. Categories include Best Rap Album, Best New Artist, and Album Of The Year. The Grammys have established itself as one of the most watched events of the year and musicians have dreamed of getting up on the big stage.

Despite being one of the most watched events of the year. The Grammys have been subject to controversy and negative publicity because of their lack of integrity with their nominations, corruption on their voting board, and their overall absence of appreciation of artists with actual talent.

Every year, The Grammy’s never fail to get some nominations wrong in certain categories. People call these “Grammy snubs”. Basically somebody that deserved a nomination or an award and didn’t get it. For example in 1985, Lionel Ritchie’s Can’t Slow Down won Album Of The Year over Prince’s iconic Purple Rain. Can’t Slow Down was a commercial success, but Purple Rain was massively acclaimed and became one of the most world renowned albums of the 1980’s and it is still celebrated to this day.

The voting committee for the Grammys is a mystery. Nobody knows who is behind the voting process cause the Grammys do not publicly reveal their identities. This has infuriated fans because the fans believe they deserve transparency and accountability to the voting process. Former Recording Academy Chief Deborah Duncan said that “The Grammys are a boy’s club and is filled with corruption” just days after her firing as the chief. The Weeknd, who’s album After Hours which went platinum and surpassed 1.5 billion streams on Spotify, also called out on the corruption of the Grammys after finding out he was not nominated. Demanding that he and his fans “need closure”. 

Every year, it seems like music fans set themselves up for disappointment when watching the  Grammys. Is the Grammys really worth watching if people are just going to get upset every year? The Grammys have gotten significantly worse with nominations every single year. And with the rise of the digital age, it can be very easy to miss well deserved options for some categories. Their committee doesn’t even have any credibility with any of their members, so fans feel like the picks and winners are done with very little afterthought, insight, and observation from the committee.

Although sometimes underdog nominees win, it’s a rare occurrence. The Grammys significantly don’t matter anymore as for a number of reasons. Lacking credibility with their selection committee, giving awards to artists who only accumulate more album sales, and the committee missing out on actually acclaimed albums. It seems that in this day and age, it’s okay to not care about the Grammys, cause the Grammys don’t even care about their artists.