Just a Thought: 2012 Grammy Nominations
January 13, 2012, 2:55 pm
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Image DetailGrammy ! Grammy ! Grammy ! It’s that time of the year, when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences release the nominations for the annual Grammy Awards. This year the academy have made big changes to the annual show. Merging or discontinuing numerous categories. Bringing the number of categories from 109, all the way down to 79 (thank god). Of course they didn’t get rid of any of the main categories such as Album of the Year and Record of the Year. But categories that were cut include the likes of , Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Best Contemporary R&B Album. So Grammy sweeps, where artist win 7 or 8 categories in one year. Will be a lot less likely to see now. To me the Grammy category cut was very necessary and  makes a Grammy win more exclusive.  However the cut will also lead to a lot more, salty artist. Fans got a little taste of that bitterness this year. With alleged snubs all across the board. The more vocal Jill Scott took to Twitter to vent her frustration about her #1 Album, Light of the Sun receiving not a single nomination. And newcomer Miguel also took to Twitter to express his resentment of the nominations “I’m F*cking Pissed Yo. I don’t think I’m Gods gift to music but I know the Album or at LEAST Sure Thing should have been Nominated.,” he tweeted.  Ok.. Now its wonderful to be recognized for your work, especially if you put your heart into it. But really the Grammys? What does a Grammy win really do for an artist? Are there studies showing that a Grammy win for Best Country Album or Best R&B Performance boost sales? Maybe it helps the artist sell more tickets to shows. It seems like its just a self esteem thing . If the music is good. Its good. Grammy or not. It would be interesting to hear opinions of very recognized and veteran artist about the category cut. The best example this year would probably be the Queen Bee, Beyonce. Who was almost shut out of the awards. Receiving only two nominations for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with “Party” featuring Andre 3000 and Best Long Form Music Video for the “I Am…Tour”. A big disappointment  from her usual showing. If this was last year Beyonce would more than likely have received a nomination for the now defunct category  Best Contemporary R&B Album, a category she has won for all 3 of her previous solo albums. She would have probably  received a nomination in all the female vocal performance categories. Separate gender categories are also a thing of the past this year. But what artist doesn’t feel snubbed when the Grammy nominations come out? Lets remember people the Grammy Awards is a national telecast pushing for …ratings. And possibly basing their nominations on the popularity of the artist and not the quality of material they are putting out. Hmmmm. Just a thought.


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