The Grammy’s A History of Snubs.


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The Grammy’s have been a staple in the music industry for years. Awarding artists for song of the year, album of the year, and best performance at the Grammy’s, among many others. But do these artists really deserve their Grammy wins?

The Grammys have been snubbing more deserving artists for years now. Take the 54th annual grammy awards for example. The album “Babel” by the duo Mumford and Sons won the best album in 2012. Mumford and Sons were significant in their time however, the other nominees of this year are way more deserving compared to this pick. Frank Ocean’s album “Channel Orange” was also a nominee, and has proven to be groundbreaking music. Frank Ocean is still a mainstream name even though his last album release was in 2016, and Mumford and Sons have been forgotten in time.

This pattern seems to repeat itself over the years too. During the 2013 award ceremony, Macklemore won rap album of the year with his album “The Heist”. This pick is by far the worst one the Grammy’s has ever made. The album snubbed “Good Kid m.A.A.d City” By Kendrick Lamar. Macklemore is a name forgotten by the mainstream, and Kendrick Lamar is considered one of the best rappers of all time.

The list here continues. Beck’s album “The morning phase” snubbed Beyonce’s self-titled album in 2014. Taylor Swift’s album “1989” snubbed Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”. While both artists here are legendary in their own respective areas, To Pimp A Butterfly is considered one of the greatest albums of all time. To Pimp A Butterfly is a benchmark album in the rap genre, and thousands consider it a masterpiece.

The most recent 2022 Grammy awards had Harry Styles winning album of the year with his album “Harry’s House”. Winning over Beyonce’s critically acclaimed dance-pop album “Renaissance”. The more you look at these years the more you see how appreciative the Grammys really are.

This whole compilation of snubs all circles back to one big problem in this industry. The Grammy’s and other award shows not choosing POC nominees as their winners. All of these examples show artists who are POC releasing ground-breaking albums that defined the sound of a generation, getting snubbed by mediocre artists who haven’t had any press coverage since their wins.

Overall the Grammy’s have been a somewhat idiotic award show that doesn’t show appreciation for musicians who are POC. Constantly robbing artists of the awards and recognition they truly deserve for all their hard work and effort.