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Are The Grammys Still Relavant?

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The annual Grammy awards are nationally recognized as the standard in awarding the best music of the year. It has been this way since 1958, when the award was first established, and will likely continue for many years to come. That being said, I cannot help but feel alarming disagreement when it comes to most of the music that is nominated. When it comes to other award shows, for example “The Oscars,” I typically agree the  film nominations . Although musical taste is highly subjective, it seems that the Grammy awards have fallen out of cultural relevancy when it comes to selecting music. The Grammys seem to select music based on how many copies of a certain album are sold, which does not always indicate the “best” music. To prove the dissociation between the Grammy awards and general public opinion, I compared certain music publication choices for best album with Grammy nominees. Spin magazine’s top 5 albums of the year are:

05 Girls – Album
04 Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
03 Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
02 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
01 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

In comparison, the Grammy nominees for best album are:

I Am…Sasha Fierce – Beyonce, The E.N.D. – Black Eyed Peas, The Fame – Lady Gaga, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King – Dave Matthews Band, and Fearless – Taylor Swift.

The two lists do not have one album in common. It can be argued that Spin favors a particular type of music, but even publications like Time magazine do not share a single album in common with their respective top 5 albums of the year. As far as I’m concerned, Grammy awards do not hold any sort of relevancy to the current state of music. Unfortunately, as long as they continue to attract viewers and attention, it doesn’t seem like this trend will change.


Written by nicwhite325

December 16, 2009 at 3:27 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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