The GRAMMYS 2021: The 63rd annual Grammy award ceremony set to be held on January 31, 2021, just released the list of nominations for the various categories. And it is safe to say that various artists and their fans are not very pleased with it.
The Grammys are presented by the Recording Academy to individuals with achievements in the music industry and this is not the first time that they have been criticized for their choice in nominations.
In this article, we will review the nominations and see for ourselves if the award ceremony is actually biased or not.
Why are the Grammys 2021 facing backlash from the audience
The Grammys are not being criticized for the first time and it is not new for the nominations to be disappointing for everyone. Last year, the Grammy voting process was claimed to be rigged by a former CEO. And as mentioned before, the nominations are always criticized for missing out on some artist or the other.
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This year’s nominations were announced a few days ago and the choices are quite bizarre, even undeserving according to some. And their reaction is not unjustified, there is barely any diversity in the nominations, the achievements of POC (Person of Colour) artists have not been included in the major categories, the Album of the Year category just does not make sense.
Coldplay LP that almost no one noticed scored a nomination, so did Justin Bieber’s mediocre album Changes.
Who are some of the artists that ‘deserved’ more nominations
The Weeknd who received no nominations for his 2020 album After Hours or his single Blinding Lights, both topped the charts and were a huge success, expressed his frustration and disappointment in his tweet.
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Even artists like Halsey and Selena Gomez, both of whom had singles that topped the charts, were ignored and not given nominations.
"Halsey and Selena Gomez both had major albums that sported Hot 100-topping singles in “Without Me” and “Lose You To Love Me,” respectively, but neither could secure a single nomination!" — @Billboard about the biggest snubs of the 2021 #GRAMMYs. pic.twitter.com/YeF0bxbwtA
— Selena Gomez Stats (@SelGOnCharts) November 25, 2020
The BTS fandom, though happy about Dynamite’s nomination, were disappointed because Map of the Soul:7, the album which broke multiple records and topped iTunes in over 120 countries did not get a mention, nor did their equally successful single Black Swan.
Even Grammy K-pop’s skeptics admit that the bona fides are there:
sold-out stadium tours ✅
mainstream radio play ✅
phenomenal album sales ✅
a No. 1 single ✅
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 24, 2020
What do the fans think
The fans, putting it mildly, are not very pleased. They took to social media to express their anger and the unjust nominations. These are some tweets worth mentioning.
— kat✨ (@sugarysaturn) November 24, 2020
abel (the weeknd) and bts, the artists behind the two of the most critically and commercially successful albums of 2020 got ROBBED of aoty pic.twitter.com/VyE6VMfUsY
— 爱⁷ (@azuremin) November 24, 2020
justin bieber getting nominated for a grammy when the weeknd, halsey, camila cabello and many more artists put out albums WAY better than his
— i (@heavensfinding) November 24, 2020
Halsey released an album And A poetry book .
The Weeknd served storyline visuals and Album .
Selena had her first n°1 with a ballad Lead single .
Melanie directed and started in her own film .
Katy Perry Released An album with animated visuals while being pregnant .
The Grammys: pic.twitter.com/td0TOOcDLg
— SEVEN 🔍⛓ /𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐜/ (@PraiseYouToo) November 24, 2020
the weeknd fans & halsey fans need to unite to tear down the grammy's. we were robbed pic.twitter.com/jsnZCI0dcX
— ~s (@hfksupremacy) November 24, 2020
It is safe to say that the Recording Academy remains unmoved in its ways despite facing backlash every year and continues to deliberately ignore the deserving artists and more often than not are biased in their choices. This practice of them not being fair is seen by a lot of people as the Academy digging its own grave, some have even started to call it ‘no longer meaningful’.
— ⋆ ꧁𝒏𝒚𝒙꧂ ⋆ (@cosmicheaux) November 25, 2020
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