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Do critics reception of albums matter in AoTY at the Grammys?

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  • Joan988
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    Can you explain me how, somebody like Taylor Swift whose albums’ receptions are always simply positives managed to win AoTY twice, while Kendrick Lamar whose albums are always released to widespread critical acclaim never won in that category.

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    lacourseauxetoiles
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    Can you explain me how, somebody like Taylor Swift whose albums’ receptions are always simply positives managed to win AoTY twice, while Kendrick Lamar whose albums are always released to widespread critical acclaim never won in that category.

    The reason is that Grammys are terrible, have by far the least taste of the major awards shows, and mainly just award popularity over quality.

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    The critics reviews might help you get a nomination, at least in AOTY where there is a review committee, there is a correlation between high praise from critics and (some) nominations.

    I posted some of this on one of the music forum threads a while back, but relevant here.

    To the best of my knowledge, this is a complete list of albums 90+ on Metacritic and and also #1 or #2 on BB200 at least to the end of 2018. Please let me know if I missed anyone.

    96 #1 Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
    95 #1 Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    95 #2 Outcast – Stankonia
    94 #1 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    92 #1 Beyonce – Lemonade
    92 #2 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
    91 #1 Lorde – Melodrama
    91 #1 Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
    91 #2 Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid M.A.A.D City
    91 #1 A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

    All but two of the above were nominated for AOTY.

    The correlation becomes weaker with metascore < 90 and with lower charting albums. This is not a good way to pick AOTY winners – only one album on the above list won AOTY.

    As mentioned above, popularity (and name recognition) is often a better indication of the likely nominees and winners than critics reviews.

    Just as important is the conservative tastes of many voters, so the safe choice is often the eventual winner. The trend for safe choice winners goes back decades, e.g. Lionel Richie won with ‘Can`t Slow Down’ over ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Born in the USA’.

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    If it’s both a critical and commercial smash like Adele then yes it helps. Commercial smashes like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and Celine Dion win more often than critical smashes like Kacey Musgraves and Arcade Fire as long as the commercial smash is not unanimously hated by critics.

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