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  • JSA
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    Jay Z won’t win any of his GF noms with this mega-ultra-giga-flop. End of the discussion. His award is the number of undeserved noms.

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    I agree, but I want to be more optimistic about it! You are damn right about Brexit, but in this case we are talking about music, the voters life is about music, their job, their passion, something about their life is related to music, it’s not a political choice. I guess that online votes will change something. The old people themselves already did something, this year nominations just shows that, of course they always fail in some point but I can see they tried. The online voting process will make easier for younger people, so I think, with these scenario, that online voting is affecting the Grammy.

    I’d love to believe that all those voters with a job and a passion for music, would listen to at least the top 5 best selling and top 5 most acclaimed songs and albums in each category before making a choice.

    But here is one nomination that might be considered a result of voting along “party” lines and name recognition.

    Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
    Billboard 200 – #15 peak
    Metacritic – 63

    Did all the people that voted for this EP, listen to all the higher charting and more acclaimed albums and decide that this was the Best Pop Vocal Album?

    Or did they vote along “party” lines – not political parties of course, but Chris Martin is friends with Jay-Z and is one of the original high profile investors in Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming service. Did Jay-Z’s successful lobbying for 4:44 also help Coldplay?

    Coldplay have huge name recognition, with multiple Grammy nominations and wins over more than a decade and having performed with Beyoncé at the 2016 Super Bowl, they might get support from both Urban and Rock voters.

    This is the first year that members vote online in both rounds and in some cases it seems clear that name recognition and industry connections are favouring well established acts, just like they have for decades.

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    But here is one nomination that might be considered a result of voting along “party” lines and name recognition.

    Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
    Billboard 200 – #15 peak
    Metacritic – 63

    Did all the people that voted for this EP, listen to all the higher charting and more acclaimed albums and decide that this was the Best Pop Vocal Album?

    Kaleidoscope got in thanks to Something Just Like This being a hit.
    and that’s how it always worked in here: CeeLo Green’s The Lady Killer got nominated thanks to Fuck You, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines thanks to it title single, Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special thanks to Uptown Funk, etc.

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