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  • Pieman1994
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    For a good chunk of the last decade, Album of the Year has been populated by one or two albums by people of color, and that are also the best of the nominees. I’m thinking Beyoncé, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Channel Orange, and now To Pimp a Butterfly. What argument is there to be made? Yeah, 1989 was really successful, but did it move culture in a necessary direction the way To Pimp a Butterfly has? Why are voters always going with the safest, least inspired options? Sure, Random Access Memories and Morning Phase are good, but they aren’t great–though, I’m sure RAM has its devotees. 

    Is this correlation in my head? Am I crazy for thinking that NARAS would rather go with an album that could never even be mistaken as offensive or controversial instead of joining the rest of listeners that have crowned To Pimp a Butterfly as one of the greatest hip hop albums of the decade? TPAB isn’t a remotely controversial pick. Nearly everyone loves it. Kendrick had the most nominations, and even won more awards than anyone else. Did Kendrick lose because of the overwhelming blackness of TPAB

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    Xtina
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    FUCK YES!!!

    Honey, the proof is in the pudding.  Black rappers have never won Record/Song of the Year.  No song nominated in the R&B field has ever won Record of the Year.  Instead, we get safe, boring, vanilla white acts, such as Taylor Swift, winning over and over again.  HURL! 

    The problem is, there are way too many old white male voters.  No matter how great albums are by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar, old white farts are never going to vote for them. 

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    Yep, it’s the same problem as the Oscars. A largely older white male membership, the type who love the Eagles, is who’s voting. I watched this year’s Grammys with my father, and he disliked and was baffled by Kendrick Lamar’s performance. I imagine many of those Grammy voters weren’t far off from that reaction upon hearing the album.

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    #416666

    Dont Jay Z, Kanye, Beyonce, Stivie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Alica Keys have like 20 Grammys apiece?

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    Xtina
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    How many Album of the Year wins do Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have?  None…nada…0.  Shit, how many Record of the Year wins do those artists have?  None…nada…0.

    Stevie Wonder has 3 AOTY wins. Ray Charles and Michael Jackson both have 1 while that skank Taylor Swift has 2.  There is something wrong with this picture. 

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    SupaDupa Fly
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    Beyonce, Aretha, and Jay Z couldn’t even win AOTY. That deads your argument there. Aretha couldn’t even get into the general field. Not even for “Respect” 

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    #416670

    The Grammys are most defnitely Pro-Pop.

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    JustGuy89
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    #416671

    Oh here we go now. #Grammyssowhite

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    JustGuy89
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    off the top of my head. Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston. All album of the year Winners who happen to be black. but hey where are the latino winners? where are the asian winners? where are the gay winnners? 

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    TerenceFletcher
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    off the top of my head. Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston. All album of the year Winners who happen to be black. but hey where are the latino winners? where are the asian winners? where are the gay winnners? 

    Carlos Santana, Yoko Ono, and George Michael have all won AOTY Grammys. But I agree, artists from those groups seem to be few and far between. 

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    TerenceFletcher
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    I honestly don’t get how people can say the Grammys are racist this year just with the Taylor Swift AOTY win. You also have 5 wins for Kendrick Lamar, 3 for Alabama Shakes, 2 for Bruno Mars, 2 for The Weeknd, and 2 for D’Angelo and the Vanguard off the top of my head. If you want to accuse them of having a big genre bias go right ahead, but they gave quite a few awards to artists of color.

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    Jason Travis
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    Lauryn Hill and Outkast won Album of the Year. To be fair, Whitney Houston was the sole reason The Bodyguard soundtrack took it’s top prize. This race argument is so tired.

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    Xtina
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    Out of 58 years, two rappers won Album of the Year.  Holy shit!  Those are great numbers.  Get the fuck out of here.  

    Doesn’t matter how many Grammys he won, Kendrick Lamar, per every other black rapper, was relegated to the Rap field.  Speaks volumes.

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    Jason Travis
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    Out of 58 years, two rappers won Album of the Year.  Holy shit!  Those are great numbers.  Get the fuck out of here.  

    Doesn’t matter how many Grammys he won, Kendrick Lamar, per every other black rapper, was relegated to the Rap field.  Speaks volumes.

    Oh lord give me a break lol.

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    How many Album of the Year wins do Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have?  None…nada…0.  Shit, how many Record of the Year wins do those artists have?  None…nada…0.

    Stevie Wonder has 3 AOTY wins. Ray Charles and Michael Jackson both have 1 while that skank Taylor Swift has 2.  There is something wrong with this picture. 

    How many Latin albums have won album of the year? People seem to think black people get the most disrespect but Asian and Latin artist and actors have it much worse than black performers. I don’t know anyone other than Yoko Ono who has won AotY and been Asian.

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