Critics are worried that the same missteps that occurred at the Grammys last year will happen again. Last year the Grammys received negative criticism for supposedly being predictable and overusing the names of big artists for ratings. The Huffington Post reports that critics hope that this year’s the spotlight is placed on those who truly deserve it, out of the respect to Grammys’ prestige.
Last year, I caused a bit of controversy when I wrote and published an open letter to NARAS, the governing body for the Grammy Awards. My desire at the time was to highlight some of the inconsistencies in the awards process that seemed to be outdated and certainly didn’t consider the shift that had taken place in contemporary popular culture. My opinion was that the show in particular had taken on a formulaic and predictable pattern of exploiting big named artists for ratings, telegraphing winners by placing their performances adjacent to the categories in which they were nominated, and the voting process itself — all seemed to call the meaning and value of these esteemed awards into question. In all of the discussion that followed last year, one aspect of the story that failed to be answered was, why did I do it in the first place?
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