Why the Grammys Suck

Why the Grammys Suck

Amelia Mancha, Staff Writer

Whether it be snubbing great musicians or choosing the worst winners possible for their categories, The Grammys have a history of being one of the worst awards shows there is. 


Let’s start with how the Grammys treat black musicians. How is it possible that KAYTRANADA is the first black artist to win Best Dance/Electronic Album when dance/electronic music was created by a black person? Then again, I’m not surprised since only 10 black people have won the Album of the Year award. 


For example, Frank Ocean not winning New Artist of the Year when ‘Channel Orange’ dropped in 2012, Which has his song “Thinking Bout You”, a very popular R&B song, in it. I can’t name one person that doesn’t know the song. But he ended up losing to Mumford & Sons,  I literally couldn’t name one Mumford & Sons song if my life depended on it. 


Another example is how Tyler the Creator won a Grammy for his album IGOR under the Best Rap Album. If you ever listened to ‘IGOR’ you would know that it is most definitely not a rap album. 


In the Grammys TV/Radio Room Interview, Tyler went to say how “it sucks how when whenever we, and I mean guys that look like me, do anything genre-bending– they always put it in the rap or urban category.” While ‘IGOR’ most definitely deserved a Grammy, there were actual rap albums in the category that also deserved it. 


Now onto how The Grammys loves to snub great or popular musicians like The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, BTS, and many more.


Back in 2014, Rapper Kendrick Lamar was nominated for the Best Rap Album award for his ‘good kid m.A.A.d. city’ album. The album was obviously better than Macklemore’s ‘The Heist’ album, and many thought that Lamar was going to win. But The Grammys threw in a shocker when they decided to award ‘The Heist’ over ‘good kid m.A.A.d. City’, which then led to Macklemore texting Lamar saying “You got robbed,” and “I wanted you to win.”


In 2020, when Mac Miller’s album ‘Circles’ came out, the Grammys brought Mac Miller’s parents after he died and used his name and Fans to promote the Grammys. They made the situation seem as if Miller’s album was going to win, but it ended up losing to Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ album. That must’ve put a lot of unnecessary heartache on his parents that could’ve been easily avoided if they didn’t make it seem like he was going to win.


When you search the words “Queen of Rap” the first person who pops up is the one and only Nicki Minaj. With her hit songs like “Super Bass” and “Anaconda” or even her features on popular songs like “Say So” by Doja Cat and “Flawless” by The Queen Bee Beyoncé, you would think that she would be a multi-grammy winning artist. But Nicki Minaj has won zero Grammys. Many people like to blame it on how she is very opinionated outside of her music career, but that doesn’t correlate to the quality and popularity of her discography.


While I am not a BTS fan at all, I know how popular they were this year with them having millions of fans all over the world. The fact they didn’t win a Grammy this year makes me question how the Grammy’s voting system works. Is it by most popular, or is it by the lyrical value of the artist or song? if either of those is the case The Weeknd should’ve at least got a nomination for his Album ‘After Hours’. The Album is a lyrical masterpiece and has hit songs like “Blinding Lights” and “Save your Tears”. But again the Grammys didn’t even give him one nomination.


There are many many more musicians whose music deserves recognition, but I don’t think the Grammys is the way to do that. The Grammys is a very sucky way of giving musicians the credit their music deserves. Since there is no set voting system for the Grammys, can we really believe that the musicians that win these awards are actually talented?