Are The Grammys Out of Touch?


Denis Mardesich, A&E Editor

Award shows are a very big part of the television world, and some of the most watched award shows are about music and artists being recognized, but are they out of touch?

The most recent Grammy Award Show came with a lot of controversy from the way that they had handled artists who were set to perform at the show, leading to many artists cancelling their performances. Most notably Ariana Grande, who declined to perform at the Grammys due to ceremony producer Ken Ehrlich supposedly not letting her perform her new song, 7 Rings, instead wanting her to perform her single, thank u, next instead.

Performance declines and absences were very common at this year’s show, in fact Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Childish Gambino were all missing from the lineup along with Ariana Grande. The decline in performers took a lot away from the show this year, and it led to some artists that weren’t very relevant to the nominations performing.

Along with not performing, Childish Gambino didn’t show up to the award show at all, despite the fact that his hit song and political commentary This is America won him 4 different Grammys. Although he didn’t speak out about why he hadn’t shown some speculated that he was protesting the show’s lack of care for artists.

Composer Ludwig Goransson giving a speech in Gambino’s place for his record of the year win.

Along with their poor treatment of artists, the Grammys are often criticized for their nominations as well. One of the most criticized shows in Grammy history was last years. Not necessarily because of their actual picks, but because of who won out of them. Most of this criticism came from their pick of Bruno Mars for album and record of the year, winning over artists such as Childish Gambino, Lorde, and Kendrick Lamar, who’s albums and songs were all far more critically acclaimed than Bruno’s were.

It is very rare that the Grammys are positively looked at by actual music critics, or even just normal at times for that matter. And the Grammys always seem to find a way to pick something or make some decision that people will criticize no matter if it deserves it or not.

This is also due to award shows often being called a dying form of television media, and rightfully so.In recent years, the only music award show that is still talked about is the Grammys and shows like the VMAs have had a fall from grace in terms of popularity.

In conclusion, there’s no doubt that the Grammys and award shows like it have a lot of problems that could definitely use some fixing. However, if these problems aren’t fixed it’s very likely that viewership will start to decline on these shows as these issues become more notable to the general public’s eye.