A thousand and one think pieces have been written about the 2014 Grammys. Everyone felt Kendrick Lamar got robbed by the Great White Hype that is Macklemore. Even other entertainers are sounding off. India.Arie took to her Tumblr account to pen an open letter that criticizes the show and Kendrick’s snub.
“@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the only one who was robbed,” Arie wrote on her Tumblr page. “Though it’s called ‘Music industries biggest night’ the #Grammys are NOT about the music, it’s a popularity contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on name recognition alone – the music industry politics is a whole NUTHER conversation. Too much to go into here.”
“If the hip hop community voted on hip hop – r&b COMMUNITY the same – same for each category – we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We all know that’s just not the way it goes,” she explained. “NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music. Where was the black music community represented in last nights #Grammy show? Performers and Winners (or not) … Where were the black artists?”
“I don’t even get surprised any more, but, it still hits my sense of fairness, because I KNOW many of the artists who are overlooked. I LIVE in that world. We keep showing up and subjecting ourselves to the game, hoping MAYBE we’ll win. I was so HAPPY to see @Kendricklamar take that stage – because it is a FORM of winning, at LEAST, he was SEEN,” she added.
Arie also mentioned the lack of the Isley Brothers, who received a lifetime achievement award, but weren’t invited to perform.
“Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other artists were on stage TWICE?” she said.
In closing out her post, Arie gave props to black award shows like the BET and Image Awards, since the Grammys didn’t make mention of Nelson Mandela.
I find it interested that she did give props to the BET and Image Awards. For so many years, people have clowned both award shows, along with the Soul Train Awards, for not being “necessary” or “hood”. It seems as though til this day, it’s not a real award show unless it’s the Grammys or the Billboard Awards. But these black award shows have been paying tribute to black artists for years, but I guess it’s not enough? Or maybe
white mainstream is still right?
To read India.Arie’s full post click here: http://soulbird-journal.tumblr.com/post/74780046389/the-2014-grammys-open-letter-from-indiaarie