The American Music Awards announced the nominees for Artist of the Year – yes, “artist” – today, and the nominees are:
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Let’s pretend it’s still “Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day” – Aaaaaargh!
Let’s just say hypothetically, you ran a large corporation, something say like SONY. And you represented a fair amount of commercial recording artists on which your shareholders depended on your business acumen for stock dividends, as well as employed thousands of loyal employees. And then you bought all of your employees memberships in The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences so they could vote when Grammy ballot time came around. Oh my…..whom do you think they would vote for ? Obscure forward thinking artists or artists who represented high sales figures, with an opportunity for broader sales after their Grammy nomination, performance or win ? Hypothetically speaking of course.
Will the American and International music fan ever realize that the recording industry is just that; an industry. It’s a business that is in a constant state of dicey job security and slavery to shareholders and investors that keep it afloat ? They sell image and plastic which sometimes crashes into “art”and inspired originality, but usually not. So no surprises, no complaints, no act bashing. Why would anyone expect more of the Grammy’s then they would of Lowe’s or Subway, or Chevrolet ? Shoddy goods, beautifully packaged, promoted and priced to move, not challenge. Music is a commodity that we romanticize because it has, or once had the power to move us and inspire us, but has long outgrown it’s attachment to a society of exploration and new social frontiers. This of course does not include the myriad artists, die-hards and an ever present Avant Garde, but you gotta realize once and for all that CBS and it’s commercial clients want NUMBERS on that night. Not a performance by some weird and cool band you love. No more whining !
Addendum: They are all the same show
I lost interest in the Grammies in 1965 when The Beatles won zero awards for the incredible music they released in 1964.