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  • Bee
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    NO, they shouldn’t. Why are the Gaga and Kesha stans mad that Shape of You beat both of them when it was clear from the beginning that it was obviously doing so? Adele and Beyoncé were literally the center of last year because they did the best other than Rihanna. This year, the men outdid the women. If the stans want the women to succeed, BUY THEIR MUSIC.

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    Oscar Rodriguez
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    I think dividing male and female would be kinda dumb. As said before, there’s such a lack of GOOD male pop artists that the category would either be filled with teen stars or critically panned acts.

    If this year the categories were divided, this would’ve probably been the outcome (based on chart performance). I do think this would’ve been a good list.

    1. Shape of You
    2. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back
    3. Attention
    4. Say You Won’t Let Go
    5. Slow Hands

    But still, it would be unfair to separate male and female.
    A big reason why so many Pop divas failed to have success this year is the sudden rise of streaming in Billboard’s formula. Since Youtube and Spotify is basically dominated by hiphop, and since most hip hop artists are male, it damaged big pop stars such as Katy and Selena and Gaga. Plus, sales, which were a big part for most of the female acts, went down this year. All of that, added to radio’s irrelevancy in 2017, made women chart worse than men.

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    BreakerofChains
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    Combining it in the first place was probably one of the best things they did.

    Grammys need to be eliminating categories, not creating new ones.

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    PoweR
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    I think dividing male and female would be kinda dumb. As said before, there’s such a lack of GOOD male pop artists that the category would either be filled with teen stars or critically panned acts.

    If this year the categories were divided, this would’ve probably been the outcome (based on chart performance). I do think this would’ve been a good list.

    1. Shape of You
    2. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back
    3. Attention
    4. Say You Won’t Let Go
    5. Slow Hands

    But still, it would be unfair to separate male and female.
    A big reason why so many Pop divas failed to have success this year is the sudden rise of streaming in Billboard’s formula. Since Youtube and Spotify is basically dominated by hiphop, and since most hip hop artists are male, it damaged big pop stars such as Katy and Selena and Gaga. Plus, sales, which were a big part for most of the female acts, went down this year. All of that, added to radio’s irrelevancy in 2017, made women chart worse than men.

    Don’t forget more chances for Selena Gomez and Camilla Cabello.

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
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    To me, the genders should be separated because too many good singers are being overlooked. I also think that the Best Vocal Collaboration awards should be brought back because not even one of them could be found this year where they have been placed in the country field which is within the Best Duo/Group Performance category.

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    BreakerofChains
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    Seriously it’s annoying how stans of divas are jumping on these things. Kesha, Gaga, Pink, etc will win Grammys when they make BETTER music. Like other women have done in the past. And this happened last year too. Beyonce and Rihanna will win when they learn how to write a fucking song.

    Stop lumping all these divas in with everything. Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Lorde, Kanye West are really the ones who should be complaining here.

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    whiskywinehouse
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    This whole “under-representation of women” argument is pointless and sickening. So what’s next after gender-based categories? Having categories based on race to ensure “representation” of racial minorities (like “Best White Pop Solo” and “Best Black Pop Solo”)?

    We should be awarding musicians based on their talent and not adopt affirmative action based on their identities. Especially since there is no issue of under-representation of women all along (as previous posters have pointed out). Fact is that women have put out shitty music in 2017 and that is the only reason for their lack of nominations this time.

    It’s great that Grammy streamlined Best Pop Solo category to include performances from all artists – makes the category much more competitive and interesting to watch and the award more prestigious.

    And in fact, women have clearly been overrepresented in Best Pop Solo Perf category this year. Sam Smith and James Arthur should have been nominated over Kesha and Pink. Ed Sheeran shouldn’t have won – but that’s more of a talent issue rather than a gender issue.

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    Dan Jo Galicia
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    I feel like in Pop it’s necessary.

    COUNTRY too.

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    M
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    No matter what you guys and the media say, Shape Of You deserved to win this category this year.

    Yes the other songs were good, but none of them was more successful and deserving of a grammy than Shape Of You.

    The Grammy Voters barely pay any attention to social or political messages in the music. They only judge quality and success. Hence why Praying and 1-800 lost all their awards.

    Yes he wasn’t there to collect his awards and it was embarassing. But what can the Grammy’s do? Change the results as they please? They’re not MTV. At least they kept their integrity so far.

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    MarinaBelo2
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    Increasing the number of the categories would make the award even more trivial. Besides, the “Album” categories would always be won by men. lmao

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    ENGLAND
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    I loved the male/female categories.

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    theexterminator
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    Nope. We need more categories: Pop song, rock instrumental performance, hard rock perf, metal album, alternative performance, musical documentary…

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    circa 1993
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    No. The competition is fiercer with less categories.

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    alokin
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    I can see both sides to the argument, but I think if it’s one thing the Grammys taught us this year is that particularly the Pop and Country fields need the gender-split performance categories. With the current system in place, great artists like P!nk would have to wait years and years just to receive their first Grammy, which is absolutely ridiculous. I think there’s this misconception that by dividing these fields up by gender it will make them less competitive but that’s not necessarily so. It’s about spreading the wealth. Additionally, there are twice if not three times as many entries, from the thousands of entries in the entire submissions pool, in the Pop and Country genres as opposed to other genres, who are all vying for one of the five or six nominee spots, which in itself is absurd. By splitting up the performance categories by gender in these fields would enable the Grammys to honor equally worthy work that would otherwise go without recognition.

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    alokin
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    To me, the genders should be separated because too many good singers are being overlooked. I also think that the Best Vocal Collaboration awards should be brought back because not even one of them could be found this year where they have been placed in the country field which is within the Best Duo/Group Performance category.

    AMEN to this!

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