For nearly so long as the Grammys have existed, musicians have been criticizing the voting course of, the nominations and the winners.
Grammys disses have taken many kinds over the years, however in the twenty first century, a lot of the commentary has centered on the awards present’s historical past of excluding girls and Black artists from the main classes. Since the inaugural ceremony in 1959, solely 10 Black artists have gained the Album of the Year trophy.
As rap and hip-hop have grown in esteem and recognition, followers and professionals alike have questioned why that listing hasn’t grown. In 2018, for instance, Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. grew to become the first non-jazz or classical work to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music, however it lost Album of the Year to Bruno Mars‘ 24K Magic, incomes Best Rap Album as an alternative.
Several years earlier, Lamar lost the 2014 Best New Artist trophy to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, inflicting an uproar amongst rap followers. Macklemore, who’s white, famously texted the “Humble” rapper to say he was “robbed,” including that he deserved to win.
Lamar, for his half, was gracious about the state of affairs, saying that the “Thrift Shop” singer is a “genuine” one that earned his success. Other artists, nevertheless, weren’t impressed, with Drake telling Rolling Stone at the time that Macklemore’s textual content was “wack as f—k.”
Critics have additionally question the Grammys’ monitor document with feminine artists, particularly in the years since classes that have been previously divided by gender have been mixed into one. While there have been standout years for ladies nominees, the compressed classes have usually meant that few or no girls obtain nominations in rock, R&B and pop classes, even once they’re a few of the hottest musicians in the world.
Ahead of the 2022 ceremony, no girls solo artists or female-fronted bands have been nominated for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song or Best Rock Album. The earlier year, the identical factor occurred with the Best R&B Album class, main Teyana Taylor to specific her frustration with the present through social media.
“Y’all was better off just saying best MALE R&B ALBUM cause all I see is d–k in this category,” she tweeted in November 2020.
Even artists who’ve gained Grammys have criticized the establishment for honoring commercially widespread artists over lower-selling musicians that aren’t as well-known. Trent Reznor, who’s gained Grammys for his movie scores in addition to his work with Nine Inch Nails, hasn’t been shy about saying he thinks the awards don’t matter.
“Why don’t the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap — like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided,” he informed The Hollywood Reporter in December 2011.
Keep scrolling to see which artists have criticized the Grammys over the years: