Originally a respected award from its inception until the 80s, it's now a night of music industry masturbation. 90% of the awards are given based on how well an album sold rather than an artist's critical and artistic recognition. Mainstream, generic, and record label-designed songs and bands sweep the awards while more talented and deserving artists are either ignored completely or, should they get the nomination, left hanging in the wind while a commercially successful artist accepts an award s/he knew would be theirs as soon as their name was called.
Despite this, the jazz, classical, gospel/soul, and folk categories are still respected and the winning artists are held at a high esteem. These genres are less commercially popular than pop, rock, country, hip-hop, and r&b and as such artists are actually awarded based on merit and talent rather than record sales.
The night is self-contradicting in that there is always a speech about the importance of music education and the need for new artists, despite the same artists winning every time they're nominated and performances being lip synced and incredibly dull, with very few exceptions.
"I don't know what this means. I don't think it means anything... There's too many bands and you've heard it all before.... Thanks, I guess." - Eddie Vedder, 1996
"I think the Grammy Awards are nothing more than some gigantic promotional machine for the music industry. They cater to a low intellect and they feed the masses. They don't honor the arts or the artist for what he created. It's the music business celebrating itself. That's basically what it's all about." Maynard James Keenan, 2002
Despite 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' being one of the highest rated album of all time, it was not nominated for Album of the Year in 2012.
Jazz and soul artists aren't awarded and don't perform on air because the needs of bland Katy Perry fans are more important than those genre's comparative handful of fans.
The only good Grammy Award performances in recent memory were Adele (2012), Dave Matthews Band (2010), and the Elton John/Lady Gaga duet (2008).
The most bullshit award show on the planet.Most of the time,they always let the wrong people win,who doesn't deserve an ounce of respect..and left the deserving ones in the corner.Awards show who don't know shit about music and the viewers at home are choked at the results.The grammy members who decides for winners need to be murdered,and needs to go back to a music school.
why did amy winehouse won the grammy awards for the best new artist? taylor swift deserved it much better
The worst representation of "good music." Grammy awards are not given out to the best music of the year by any stretch of the imagination. The awards are given out to the acts that either A. Sell the most albums or singles or get the most playtime on radio/MTV or B. Classic Rock artists that still produce music even though they are decades past their prime. The Grammy's are supposed to be the most "prestigious" awarsd in the music industry but a piece of cow shit is more prestigious than a Grammy Award.
"Who's gonna sweep up all the Grammy Awards this year?"
"Did U2 put out another shitty album this year?"
"I think so"
"Then that's your answer"