February 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm #379322
So the Grammys made some changes a year ago to make their awards more prestigious. Have they succeeded?
Not much has changed.
One artist won all the awards. In Adele’s case, she deserved them!
They need to separate the pop/r&b/country performances, back to male and female. There is no way a male will win any of the solo categories!
While I understand combining the R&B album categories, the winner is still always an artist who has crossed over.
The program itself is still a snooze! A-list artists do not make for a great show! People want to hear singers! And not the same ones all the time!
The Grammys claim that the awards are voted on by artistic achievement, but artists, writers, etc. are stans themselves. They always vote for the person with the most recognizable name or the biggest hit.
Kanye and Jay-Z keep winning the Rap categories EVERY SINGLE YEAR. That is lazy voting!
The best thing to happen to the awards is that they stopped throwing Grammys at Beyonce because her father was friends with voters!!!!February 22, 2012 at 5:20 am #379324
^^^ I agree that the males and females need to be seperated and to me the collaborations need to be seperate from the duo and group performances too. (smiles)
God bless you always!!!
P.S. Also in my opinion, the country instrumental performance award should be brought back too. (smiles)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiU81KIRZ_QFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:16 am #379325
I think the majority of the changes were a bust. I understand the reasoning behind slashing categories, but what I think we’re going to end up with too many repeat wins over the years. Take pop solo for instance. It’s highly likely that almost every artist nominted this year will be back next year, at least with material in contention. With the combined category, we’ll see less of the randon unexpected type nominations and more Gaga, Adele and Katy every year. There certainly seems to be a strong female bias in the pop and country categories. The funny thing is that Men DOMINATED country music in 2011. Jason Aldean got screwed over with the category merge, as did Bruno mars in Pop. These guys would have won a Grammy.
R&B and Rap are tougher to call right now, since I think both genres are in the gutter. Sure Kanye, Jay and Em win all the time, but who else is making major noise in the genere? Not really anyone.February 22, 2012 at 10:51 am #379326
Bruno Mars was screwed out of a Grammy, but who would have been his competition had they not combined the Male and Female categories? He would have won based mainly on weak competition. So, I have no problem with Best Pop Solo Performance this year, even though Bruno would have had another Grammy on his shelf.
And of course Kanye won all of his categories. Who else put out better music in the rap field last year? I’m all for spreading the love when it’s warranted. I only had a problem with Alicia Keys, Beyonce (she deserved more recognition this year, tbh) and the rest always sweeping because there were other people just as deserving to contend for the award. That doesn’t seem to be the case in the rap field. You can’t tell me with a straight face that Wiz Khalifa or Nicki deserved the awards more.
The combination is only bad for a few fields, like Country. There were more than enough country males to compete in Country Male.
I don’t think we will have these combined categories every year. I wonder if they will only use the overhaul in “weak years.”February 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm #379327
It doesn’t matter what changes are made. The Grammys suck. Jay-Z and Kanye West sweeping Rap all the damn time is bullshit. The NARAS could award another act. Oh, and combining the gender categories was like the dumbest thing ever.February 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm #379328
@Scenario- I agree with you about Kanye sweeping the rap categories. Look at his competition. Who else should’ve won? No one. If Kanye is consistently putting out the best material then he should consistently win, and he is so he did. End of story.February 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm #379329
I don’t like Kanye but he was truly the only acceptable winner. Lupe would’ve been okay, but Kanye was better. I think we need some new rap talent out there that sing about more meaningful things than sex and now they’ve reach out to lights this year. Look at Calle 13; they’re a rap group and they don’t sing about sex and big booties. Its sad.February 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm #379330
^Lupe’s album was the worst of his career so far. His mixtape ‘Friend of the People’ is sooooo much better.February 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm #379331
Kind of wished Nicki took rap performance, and Kelly took Rap/sung but overrall I think Kanye was very deserving. Much more deserving than Eminem last year and the year before.
I don’t know if they will keep the merged categories or not. Didn’t they do it one year in the early nineties or something?
But it did produce better nominations. I mean some of the categories would have been a huge mess, specifically Pop Male and R&B Male. I can imagine they would have accepted anyone in that category with the dull competition last year.February 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm #379332
The rap field is fine. It’s not Kanye’s fault if he usually has the best material. There are plenty of great artists such as Mos Def, Nas, and the Roots putting out good work consistently, they just aren’t crossover to get the votes. Eventually I see Drake winning a few. Outkast has been missing for years.February 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm #379333
But Kanye doesn’t win because he has the best material. He and Jay-Z win because they are the most recognizable names in that category. Drake has yet to win because of those two. And “All Of The Lights” wasn’t better than “What’s My Name” or “Motivation” in Rap/Sung.
I forgot about the dance categories. Thankfully they made it genre only but now it’ll be harder for Robyn to win because her name isn’t as big as David Guetta’s or whoever else is getting the most buzz in dance music. Arghh!!!!February 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm #379334
I thought “All of the Lights” was much more ambitious production wise and lyrically than either of those songs. “What’s My Name” is basic, so is “Motivation.” The Grammy went to the song, IMO. Also, it’s arguable that Skrillex is bigger than Robyn. Before the Grammy nominations, not many people knew who Skrillex was.February 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm #379335
I think Kanye had the best material in all of the categories he won in. In fact, he should’ve been in AotY. But I digress…February 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm #379336
The overhaul helped some people. Take Corinne Bailey Rae for example. I seriously doubt she would have won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for a weak Bob Marley cover. Only big named artists are able to win Male or Female for anything, and Corinne had never been a factor in any field other than the general field before the overhaul.
The overhaul led to some irregular voting patterns during nominations process (like Country Group only having 4 nominees). Chris is another one who benefited from the overhaul. I think Beyonce would have made it into Best Contemporary R&B Album and won… AGAIN.February 23, 2012 at 1:43 am #379337
^ my words, except for her cover being weak. CBR would not have won in a category with Beyonce, Jennifer, Jill or Jazmine.
Probably she won because she was the only cross-over artist in her category, who knows.
The Dance field was destined to be a mess anyway thanks to the rule change. This field is still nothing else but checking off known names. Only that the names are less known now than the ones that have been checked off before. I assume the polling in this field was extremely poor anyway. No one cares about those categories anymore.