January 27, 2014 – Congratulations to all of the artists who won Grammys last night, whoever they may be. I may not be familiar with their music or their names, but receiving a Grammy is an honor, and it should be celebrated.
There was a time not so long ago when I was gaga over any type of music award show. Music is my go to entertainment over any other form. Alas, I am a child of the 70s, and my musical tastes still swing that way. Yet, I can appreciate music outside of that decade and the variety of styles that gave us interesting folk/acoustic, classical, and the standards I grew up listening to at my parents’ parties, such as Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, Vaughn Monroe, and Harry Bellefonte, to name a few. I’m also a fan of music from the 80s and 90s, and even the 60s.
Much of today’s music pales in comparison. For instance, I never heard of one song nominated for Record of the Year, which included “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk), “Radioactive” (Imagine Dragons), “Royals” (Lorde), “Locked Out of Heaven” (Bruno Mars), and “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke). Same goes for Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
Looking back, Grammy and I have always had a love/hate relationship. Grammy voters overlooked the artists I listened to back in the day, so while I watched, I was often frustrated by the winners.
For example, The Beatles, the best selling band in history, are the recipients of 9 Grammys, which may sound like a lot for a band who recorded music for less than 10 years. When you consider several of those Grammys came in recent years for compilation albums and their Anthology stuff, it isn’t a lot. The Rolling Stones only have three Grammy wins, and one of them is a Lifetime Achievement Award. That’s a small amount for a band celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Many of the artists I consider my favorites never won a Grammy, and in many cases, never garnered a Grammy nomination. It’s not that they are less talented or celebrated than the prefab, pop, recording studio dubbed winners who nabbed the big prize. But that’s OK. Fans of the Emmys, Tonys and Oscars often say the same, and we live in a world when the best doesn’t always win.
It’s been more than 10 years now since I tuned into the Grammys. As a music lover it makes me sad, yet I still don’t feel like I missed a thing.