The Grammys Controversy

The biggest award show in the United States, the Grammy Awards, will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2021.  Although the Grammys is known to be prestigious, there has been a spark of controversy regarding the upcoming show.  Many artists and fans have started to express their disdain for the announced nominations.

One particular artist directly tweeted about not receiving a nomination and that was The Weeknd.  Referring to an Esquire article, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (the lead singer of the group) watched his album After Hours spend four consecutive weeks at the top of Billboard 200 and soon, his single Blinding Lights “became a viral sensation.”  So, ultimately, he was expecting a nomination.  He stated, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” According to a Rolling Stone article, The Grammys and the Weeknd team had many conversations regarding its performance at the 2021 Grammys.  When the nominations were announced, Tesfaye was shocked and felt that he was basically uninvited from the show.  Since the release of the nominations for January, he has been completely ignored by the Grammys.  This isn’t the first time that the Grammys have faced criticism and hate.

The award show has been called out several times for their racism and xenophobia as they have struggled to recognize the Black community with nominations.  Another topic that was heavily talked about was Kpop group BTS.  They have made history breaking boundaries and topping Billboard Charts the past few years and have finally received a Grammy for their full English song, Dynamite, yet fans believe that they have also become a victim of the events’ racism.  The fans believe that they only received a Grammy because they had an English song.  The Grammys failed to recognize their new Korean album Map of the Soul: 7 that came out earlier this year.  It’s easy to say that the only reason BTS was even up for a Grammy nomination was because they came out with an English song.  If that song was never released, it would probably be safe to say that they would have never gotten a nomination.

According to a HYPEBAE article, other artists were also snubbed this year including female R&B artists and Justin Bieber.  Although the ignoring of these artists is devastating, this isn’t the first time it has occurred.  Nicki Minaj tweeted out, “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- went on to inspire a generation.  They gave it to the white man Bon Iver.”  The reminder that this has happened before shows that the Grammys have work to do.  It has to be more including and recognize more racial communities because music is worldwide.

It is obvious that receiving a Grammy award nomination is a huge accomplishment in an artist’s career, but with new criticism and controversies regarding the award show everyday, there must be change.