This past Sunday’s 59th annual Grammy awards were full of surprises, none greater than Beyoncé being completely shut out of every major category in which she was nominated. The singer went into the night with 9 nominations, and left with only 2 trophies. With the release of what many would consider her Magnum Opus ( at least as of now), Beyoncé was considered a heavy favorite to take home the night’s largest prize “Album of The Year.” So what does it say when an artist creates what the world views as the best effort of the last year, but they are not rightfully rewarded? Upon research, historically black artists are shut out of the major 4 categories at The Grammy’s. Some of the most talented artists of our generation like Kanye West, Mariah Carey, and Beyoncé have never once taken home the coveted trophy, but artists such as Adele and Taylor Swift have both won twice in the past. So that for me makes this bigger than a Beyoncé issue. This raises the question, does the Grammy committee believe that artists of color don’t deserve recognition outside of the urban and rap categories? If history is anything to go by, then the answer would be yes.
The argument on whether or not Beyoncé should have taken home “Album of The Year” with her politically-charged album, Lemonade is still the topic of discussion on social media. Other Grammy- awarded winners such as, Carlos Santana is supporting Adele and stated that Beyoncé‘s music is modeling music because she provides performances with props and dancers. On the other hand, Adele stands on stage and just sings a song without all of the extra. How can one artist downplay another artist on singing ability. When for one, if race is being added to the conversation, Santana himself is of minority. If anything, the conversation should have been with his concern of the Beyoncé loss. Both Adele and Beyoncé are very talented artists in their own right. They produce two completely different sounds, but the impact Lemonade had on not only the black community but the world, she should have been rightfully awarded.
Here comes an artist in our modern day generation who exemplifies what a musician (or artist if you will) should be like. This year marks her 20th anniversary in the game, and not too many females in her genre has accomplished nearly as much as she has – in such a short span of time. Lemonade was a brilliant body of work, simply because Queen Bey portrayed a side of inner self that the world has yet to witnessed. Not to mention, she stood up for women whose gone through those same vulnerable experiences, but weren’t brave enough to speak up. But even deeper then women empowerment, you have one of the world’s biggest and brightest superstar addressing social and taking a stand on a worldly issue like race and police brutality. The fact that she was robbed for a significant award, which would have meant more then any other trophy known to mankind, proves we still have a long way to go. Clearly, whoever is on the Grammy voting committee doesn’t want to give credit where it is due, and that night at the ceremony it showed. By no means are we alluding that Beyoncé is God (although the Beyhive would like believe she is theirs: Beysus), but we can’t ignore the fact that even an artist like Adele worships the Queen, who came before her.
Do you think this is once again a question on racism in America when it comes to black and white artists?
Written by: Prince Cardia, Alexus Clanton, and Leo Lysius
Edited by: Leo Lysius