Do you think the Grammy Awards is a fair assessment of music talent?
So many great bands/artists have been shunned since the award began in 1959. Is it more about the money making music producers?
Definitely not. The Grammy Awards only take into consideration radio-worthy material. Fact of the matter is, some music is just too beautiful for radio.
I think it is an industry award, like the Oscars and Emmys. Not everyone is going to have the same impact. Like How'd I get Here said, it's more for mainstream music than indie artists. Not that it's wrong but that's how it's been. I think they've gotten it wrong in many cases but I think they've also gotten it right. Like every awards show it's very subjective.
Like any award ceremony, it's mainstream and cannot account for acts, artists and people that are unknown to most of the general public. I'd say it's fair in the case it bases awards on sales, reviews and pro's in the field and their views on the song, and not just "what the song sounds like to a person", as most people would like.
No, i feel that there should be national / international voting after they pick ten best. For example, Adele won a lot tonight while Lil Wayne's Album last year shattered sales records. Also for once Lady Gaga didn't win anything and she had several hits. It's all based on judges perceptions not a fair vote by the people who buy the music and supply the industry with money.
I think one thing that people must do is separate the SHOW from the AWARDS. What appears on the show is pretty much dictated by what will bring ratings, given that CBS wants people to watch. The purpose of the SHOW is to generate ratings and Twitter is loaded with kids who honestly don't know who Paul McCartney is, so the people who put the show on need to emphasize the acts that will generate ratings.
The AWARDS are completely different. Approximately 90% of the Grammy awards presented on Sunday night were not shown on the televised program. You'll never see Chick Corea (who won a Grammy) or Del McCoury (who was nominated) on the Grammy show because they aren't in the "cool" (read "generates ratings") genres of music (Corea is a jazz performer; McCoury is bluegrass). Yet it is the goal of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS, the people behind the Grammys) to make sure that "experts" in each particular genre do the voting. For instance, rappers aren't voting for best polka album, and the bluegrass people don't vote for best classical recording. To that end they are to be commended for their attempt to make the award a proper representation. The voters are knowledgeable in their field of music. Granted, there are flaws. Alison Krauss, for instance, won a bluegrass Grammy on the basis of name recognition because there's not a single bluegrass lick on that album. However, I think they do much better than any of the multitude of fan-based awards that would give "best album" awards to Justin Bieber or some Disney act. That is why the Grammy is more significant than a "people's choice" award -- does anyone REALLY want someone who doesn't know who Paul McCartney is to be allowed to have a say in what constitutes musical excellence?
I think the Grammy Awards is a fair assessment of the "most popular" choices in music talent but not of music talent itself. - I would say that it gives the viewer a bit of a taste to what the world of music has to offer. - I don't see it as the best the industry has to offer, nor do I see it as something to completely ignore. - Although i do not see it as a fair assessment of the talent that the world of music has to offer, it is one of the only shows to this day that offers some recognition to a wide range of styles of music. - This is certainly something of value in my eyes.
I also believe that there are politics involved in getting nominated for such an award and I would imagine you would have to know somebody to get into such a place. - But I think that we must recognize the Grammy Awards as a force in the music industry, because it is! - We must also note that it would be folly to look to the Grammy Awards as one of the best places to find new music. - It is a big world out there and a majority of musicians get into music simply for the joy of playing music. - A grammy is most likely the last thing on their mind, although I'm sure they would find it flattering to be acknowledged in the ceremony.
No, two words Milli Vanilli! Remember the pair that won a Grammy that were complete frauds? They did lip sinc to all their music. After winning the Grammy, the public soon learned of their lack of singing ability.
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