On June 26 the Grammys announced a massive change in their awards that will take effect starting with the very next prizes that will be handed out in 2019. The general field categories of Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist will expand from five nominees to eight. But was this the right call? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
This decision comes after a string off Grammy results that have received widespread criticism. Kendrick Lamar lost AOTY for “To Pimp a Butterfly” (2016) and “Damn” (2018) and Beyonce lost for her self-titled album (2015) and “Lemonade” (2017) despite being among the most critically and commercially successful albums in their respective years. Grammy voters have shown a bias against hip-hop and rap music over the years, favoring adult-contemporary artists like Taylor Swift and Adele, both of whom have won AOTY twice in the last 10 years.
The Grammys were also accused of sexism. Precious few women won awards this past year, and the only female nominee for AOTY, Lorde (“Melodrama”), wasn’t even invited to perform solo during the telecast. But will the expansion of the general field solve the recording academy’s inclusion problems? Our forum posters are skeptical. Read some of their comments below, and join the discussion right here in our message boards.
MovieManiac405: “I completely disagree with the five-to-eight nominee change. It takes away the prestige of the category, like when the Oscars expanded the Best Picture race, so movies like ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ and ‘The Blind Side’ could call themselves Best Picture nominees. Bleh. It’s all about ‘inclusion’ and making everyone happy.”
Mr Brightside: “Not a fan of this change. If they nominate the three to four big sellers, then fill the rest with various genres (jazz, rock, R&B, country) then it would be great. But I have a feeling it’ll just be the six biggest albums (pop and hip-hop) with two unknowns.”
JasonLannister: “The Grammys took so long to notice. More nominations in AOTY, less backlash. I guess they want everybody to be happy this time.”
Oscar Rodrigues: “NARAS change from five to eight nominees reminds me when the Oscars did the same to have ‘more popular picks,’ even though they just ended up nominating more of the same.”
Richard Aniston: “Ugh, do not like the new change. Many years they struggled to fill the categories with five decent nominees. This year will be a special struggle to fill the categories with eight worthy nominees.”
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