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GRAMMYs 2021: Do the Grammys Matter?

As they snub favourite artists such as The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar from their acclaimed prizes, sift through the mud of allegations from racism, sexism and a lack in diversity to artist picks – it shows just how unfit they are as judges to music.

With the Grammys receiving such a subjective onslaught each year and as interest rates fall on their overall importance as awards, do the Grammys even matter anymore?

Short answer simply is: no.

Unlike the Oscars, the prestigious academy award for music has seemingly lost its original tact, and is out of touch with the rest of the world. Unlike the Oscars that actually awards films based on glowing prospects, reputations and sheer camera-rolling etiquette, The Grammys is a congruent cess-pit of odd nominations, shameless bigotry and is showing a side to the music industry that is rather ugly.

With so many prestigious and culturally-defining artists in the industry that have been snubbed of such an award (Queen, Bjork, ABBA and Jimi Hendrix to name a few) it is easy to understand why The Grammys has been scrutinised for their lack of desire to produce a decent academy award show to celebrate the best of music – as they choose to instead award their “white friends and counterparts” in the industry – and receive backlash of racism and bigotry because of it – and not the distinctive artists that have made a impact against the status quo of the industry.

Because if they start awarding acts who go against the “system” of upending gender stereotypes (Queen) and make albums that go against their specified genre (The Weeknd) what does that say about the system of the industry itself? Something that cannot be controlled it seems …

But its important to note that something like the Grammys is not so definitely clean-cut like other competitions like the Olympics. When it comes to who sang the most impressive or made a defining moment to the world of music, well then, that becomes a bit more objective. With it, comes the usual backlash and sparks of fury as such an award because it is such an opinionated sport.

But to me, I think this is what makes Grammys not matter most, because at the end of it all, while it is fun to see who will win a Grammy, it ultimately doesn’t affect how we (me included) view an artists’ work. When we listen to a piece of work, do we define how “good” it is if it won a Grammy? No, we think it’s good because it’s simply good music. For me, they are not one and the same.

So with that being said, I think that the sheer novelty of awarding music based on something so objective certainly makes it an easier target than most other award shows. But, let’s be honest, they haven’t helped themselves in the past, have they?

Let me know what you think to this topic of conversation – and more importantly, will you be watching tonight?

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Former suspended CEO stating on how ‘rigged’ the ceremony is …

Grammy’s controversial moments show just how implausible it is as an awards ceremony …

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Wizardry of The Weeknd: After Hours

The Dark Prince of Pop

“The Weeknd’s After Hours is a dark-twisted-fantasy concept album of the depictions and struggles in Abel Tesfaye’s (The Weeknd) love-hate relationships …

… and is trailblazing the return of 80s pop-synth to popular music all at the same time.

After The Weeknd was snubbed from the Grammys, I just had to invest my time into seeing what the fuss was all about.

I originally thought this was just a collective of good songs fit for radio – boy, how wrong was I. I may be a few months late but … as soon as I realised it was actually a concept album, I was instantly drawn in.

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“I’m losing my religion every day,
Time hasn’t been kind to me, I pray,
When I look inside the mirror and see someone I love … “

Faith, The Weeknd
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Said I’m heartless
Tryna be a better man, but I’m heartless
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Heartless, The Weeknd

The Concept

With popular singles such as ‘Your Eyes”, “Save Your Tears” and of course, “Blinding Lights” present within the album, After Hours paints a beautiful picture of regret, sorrow and shows the true dichotomy of love in all the twist and turns it tries to pull. This has been present through all of his work, and After Hours is the latest showing of that.

Painting tales in red and black, the full song run-through is the telling of a story – or rather, Abel’s version of a story – depicted from being Alone (yet) Again to contempt in Heartless until regret in Save Your Tears.

The Weeknd’s other music catalogues, Starboy and Beauty Behind The Madness show this push and pull story of emotion and the breaking of face but rather, in the more usual contemporary pop attempt. It certainly does not delve into the deep dark depths of what Abel goes through in After Hours.

Abel reflects an instant disdain for love and is aware of the repercussions when it goes wrong – and yet, constantly craves it. It is this state of disharmony and the back-and-forth taunting between himself that poses such a dark image on After Hours.

I would recommend playing it all the way through to get the full picture, of course. I mean, only if you want to. I understand the toll that takes on people’s attention spans nowadays.

Despite the design of the album seemingly taken straight from the mood-board of Stranger Things, the music itself is far more original and conceptual and slaps. (sorry)

Beauty Behind The Madness (2015)

Obviously I am not the only one who feels that this is Abel’s strongest piece of work to date, and his army of fans have come out to support it just so. This has become so adored by all, it has managed to rack up over 2 billion streams on Spotify.

I’d recommend watching Middle 8’s breakdown of the album in full-length, as it picks apart every song off of it in tremendous fashion.

G’won, don’t be shy to share your thoughts of the album in the comments!