The Grammys will be telecast live tonight. And I completely forgot about the entire awards show until it popped up on Twitter.
I hardly think what I’m saying should be news to anyone, but an awards show for a self-congratulating industry that’s had a tragic relationship with consumers for the past decade shouldn’t be considered relevant. In the ever-fracturing pop music spectrum, it’s quite hard to pinpoint any musician or artist that can be said to represent what the current collaborative culture stands for.
So somehow, we’re told to settle for painfully-constructed categories with five artists crammed into them?
Obviously, it’s all one’s own choice to pay attention to such trivial matters or give them any weight. Except that, somehow, the Grammys have managed to attain some weight and clout. Perhaps it comes down to some form of longevity. I’m not sure.
But I hope this is the year that people who pay attention to these kinds of awards programs are scratching their heads. What gives with the nominations for albums/artists/songs that were previously up for nomination/have been around for a bit too long to be considered for an awards ceremony in 2010? I’m looking at you Kings of Leon (practically every award), MGMT (best new artist? What, circa 2008?), Silversun Pickups (best new artist?! Circa 2003?) and Metallica (another song off a 2008 album.)
Let’s hope LMFAO walks away with the award for best electronic/dance album. That’ll toss a few kinks into the rickety old system.