Sunday, August 7, 2022

The “Exclusiveness” of The Music Industry

In light of the Grammys nominations and how controversial it was, let’s talk about how “exclusive” the music industry really is. This is taken from the deep-rooted racism and sexism that has been planted in the world and is still happening to this day. 

Since artists like Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Jon Batiste, Rihanna, BTS, Zayn Malik, Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion and so many more were snubbed from the Grammys, it is only right to call out the exclusive white male mindset that the industry still has. For instance, the Grammys have had huge issues with the rap categories, most notably awarding Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s The Heist the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2014 over albums from Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. 

Even though the secret review committee has disbanded, this award show is still very shady and exclusive. Reciting, “Artists, including The Weeknd, have pointed to that shadowy consortium as making those decisions based on personal relationships rather than the merit of the music.” This is why the committee is no longer in existence so instead, this year’s nominees were chosen strictly based on the majority vote from the academy’s 11,000+ voting members.



No matter the popularity of the art that was made, award shows are only ever favoring the same names who are usually all white. Not to mention how they keep nominating men with horrendous allegations––sexual abuse, homophobia and many more. 

Meanwhile female rappers this year have had greater performances than the male, they are still not acknowledged. BTS, who was the No. 1 in the Billboard charts for weeks is not acknowledged. 

It is claimed that the 64th Annual Grammy awards are going to be the most diverse nominee lineup. But for a classy award show that claims to celebrate music and to acknowledge an artist’s achievements, the Grammys sure does not want to acknowledge artistry but only include some artists for their race quota. 

Abigail May
A little bit in love with everything and wants to spread this love by my writing.

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