The Grammys aren’t a popularity contest

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Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

Despite the massive backlash which the award ceremony seems to receive year after year, the Grammy Awards still don’t appreciate music. 

On Jan. 26, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards were brought to viewers live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sadly, the musical taste of the Academy’s voting members remains indistinguishable from that of your average 14-year-old Twitter user.

The list of winners makes it apparent that the ceremony is more focused on damage control than musical appreciation. As a result, artists are celebrated for the material success which their project has achieved, while creativity and originality remain irrelevant qualities.

Of all the winners of the ceremony, none stand out more than Billie Eilish. The viral pop sensation left the venue with five trophies: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. 

Looking at the alternative nominees in the respective categories, these victories seem undeserved. The music industry seems to have been force feeding the artist to the casual listener for an entire year. 

Over time, the star has achieved massive popularity and a rather militant fanbase. Denying Eilish of a category sweep was unlikely. However, these aren’t the People’s Choice Awards. This ceremony should be dedicated to musical achievement, not popularity achievement. 

The category of Best Rap Album seems to always be the center of controversy. This year, the tradition of upsets was sadly continued with Tyler, the Creator receiving the award for Igor. Despite being the artist’s most quality project to date, it was in a category that it did not belong to. Sadly, this seems to be the case for most rap artists who produce genre-defying content. The ceremony finds a way to restrict the potential of the artist. It is rap, nothing more.

Meanwhile, true rap albums were not given the recognition they deserved. This includes nominees Meek Mill and Dreamville, who each released some of the best music within the genre in the last year. 

Depriving Igor of an album of the year nomination and placing it into an unsuitable field stripped the title from the hands of genuine hip-hop artists.