Grammys Disappointing same-old same-old
Let me say this at the outset: The Grammys are impertinent. If you want to know what’s out there for music, stop listening to the radio and start cruising the Internet’s dark corners for the gems that never get the time of day on the Grammys, or for that matter, the radio. Music with the same pasteurized, homogenized sound, that is barely discernible from one artist to the next, that is what you will find on the radio and at the Grammys.
Now granted, I’ve known this for some time. It isn’t some new revelation. I watched the Grammys last night because an artist with some real difference and talent had been nominated in the Best New Artist category, Courtney Barnett. Vodka has followed Ms. Barnett since 2012 and she is well worthy of a ‘Best New Artist award, but it didn’t happen, and the writing was on the wall early on when nearly every other Best New Artist nominee had some stage time. Go figure.
It was too much for me to hope for some different outcome, and I knew it enough to be pretty jaded while I waited (and by “waited”, I mean literally was tortured) through the program ahead of the Best New Artist category. When they announced Meghan Trainor (admittedly, the best of the worst) as the winner, I switched it off.
We have a lot of artists on Vodka that are worthy of awards and recognition. For the most part, they won’t find those awards or recognition at the Grammys, and maybe that is a good thing. Maybe it’s time for a music awards show that actually cares about music again.