Following backlash from the 2020 Grammys, the Grammys has made notable changes in their categories and nominations. This brings up the question: Are they doing enough, or should they be doing more?
by Tanvi Prem
Numerous artists have called out the Grammys after the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammys were announced this Tuesday, November 24th. Following backlash from the 2020 Grammys, the award show has made notable changes in their categories and nominations.
This brings up the question:
Are they doing enough, or should they be doing more?
Why the Grammys are doing enough Reform:
According to Vanity Fair, "The organization invited over 2,300 members to join its voting ranks over the past year in an effort to diversify its nominations, with 74% accepting. After Black Lives Matter protests swelled across the world this past summer, the academy announced that its world-music category would be renamed best global music album in order to avoid what it said were “connotations of colonialism, folk, and ‘non-American,’” and that urban contemporary would become progressive R&B."
In addition, the Recording Academy (in partnership with the global organization Color of Change) established the Black Music Collective (BMC), a group comprising “prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and the wider music community”. This group includes distinguished African American public figures, such as John Legend, Quincy Jones, and Debra Lee.
The BMC highlights how the 2021 nominations are “historic”, as “Ten Black women are nominated in the top four categories and more than 20 Black nominees are represented in the general fields. Also, for the first time, all six nominees for best rap album are Black independent artists. This is progress.”
Why the Grammys need to do more Reform:
Following the 2021 nominations, many artists have spoken out on social media criticizing the Recording Academy:
In this tweet, American-Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj is referring to the 2012 Grammys. That year, she lost the "Best New Artist" award to the white musical group Bon Iver. Minaj is highlighting the apparent racism, continuing to demand change.
In this Instagram post, Canadian musical artist Justin Bieber is arguing that his most recent
album, Changes, should have been nominated in the R&B category instead of Pop.