Are the Grammys still relevant?
For something that used to set the gold standard of how iconic a certain artist’s body of work is, we are now very far removed from what it used to be.
Some could argue that ever since the Tswift incident, we made a quick left and crashed… and burned. This year is quite indicative of that, considering many of the same ol’ artists we see nominated and winning every year are nominated and probs going to sweep the entire show again (here’s looking at you Bey…). And yes, sure, we all love the pop phenoms like Adele and Beyonce, you can’t deny their talent. But they make up such a small amount of the industry, and their countless writers and collaborators could fill an entire arena, and then some.
I mean, how many years do we want to tune in to watch Tswift and Beyonce act so shocked and surprised that they won their category? WE GET IT!
It’s to the point that all of these awards shows, and especially the Grammys, have become so pumpkin spice and boring that I don’t understand how winning, and in the same breath, losing, means anything at all. The noms for this year were as plain and boring as Pepperidge Farm bagels.
So, where exactly did we go wrong?
Here was every 20somethings reaction to the 2016 Grammy nominations:
When they announced Album of the Year:
- 25 — Adele
- Lemonade — Beyoncé
- Purpose — Justin Bieber
- Views — Drake
- A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson (who?!)
When they announced Song of the Year:
- “Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II
- “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin
- “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner
- “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran
- “7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp
When they announced Best New Artist:
- Kelsea Ballerini
- The Chainsmokers
- Chance The Rapper
- Maren Morris
- Anderson .Paak
When they announced Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
- “Freedom” — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
- “Hotline Bling” — Drake
- “Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
- “Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
- “Famous” — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna
When they announced Best Rap Album:
- Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
- And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
- Major Key — DJ Khaled
- Views — Drake
- Blank Face LP — Schoolboy Q
- The Life of Pablo — Kanye West