The Annual Grammy Awards: The Epitome Of Sexism and Racism?

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York City with James Corden as the host of the ceremony. The Grammy Awards festival, which recognizes annually the best brains in the field of music and film has long been accused of sexism, racism, and machoism in its selection. With the recent sexism revolution and the campaign against the male sexual aggression in the film and music industries in the USA, all eyes were on the 2018 Grammy awards ceremony. The big question is: Is the latest Grammy Awards Ceremony the same epitome of sexism and racism in the music and film industries?

Sure, it was glamorous as usual! That long red carpet, stunning fashion exhibitions from narcissist artists, camerapersons trying to get the best shots for their various media houses and personal income; paparazzi struggling to be first to snap those sensational moments, yes the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was full of glamor. But behind those smiling faces was a hidden reality about the occasion. Angry female artists, most of them incredibly talented. Bitter competent and proficient black and Latino actors, actresses and musical acumen. Yes, these groups strongly believe they are unrecognized and treated like minorities. They complain bitterly about being marginalized and about blatant sexism and racism in the industry, which they believe is controlled and defined by mostly White males.

Kendrick Lamar

Looking at the latest Grammy Award, the ceremony was dominated largely by male superstars, despite powerful performances by female artists including Lady Gaga, Pink, Rihanna and SZA which was an expression of solidarity for the Time’s up movement (A movement against Sexual Harassments). With Bruno Mars reigning supreme, he earned home seven out of seven of the Grammy awards he was nominated for, making him the biggest winner of the night, with tight competitions from JAY-Z as the top nominee.  Well! It was Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar, who left the night as the biggest winners. But with numerous awards handed out, there were plenty of other winners.

Here is the full list of the 60th Grammy Award Winners:

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  1. Redbone – Childish Gambino
  2. Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  3. The Story of O.J. — Jay-Z
  4. HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar
  5. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (Winner)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  1. Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino
  2. 4:44 – Jay-Z
  3. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
  4. Melodrama – Lorde
  5. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (Winner)

SONG OF THE YEAR

  1. Despacito
  2. 4:44
  3. Issues
  4. 1-800-273-8255
  5. That’s What I Like (Winner)

BEST NEW ARTIST

  1. Alessia Cara (Winner)
  2. Khalid
  3. Lil Uzi Vert
  4. Julia Michaels
  5. SZA

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

  1. Love So Soft – Kelly Clarkson
  2. Praying – Kesha
  3. Million Reasons – Lady Gaga
  4. What About Us – Pink
  5. Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran (Winner)

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

  1. Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  2. Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  3. Thunder – Imagine Dragons
  4. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man (Winner)
  5. Stay – Zedd & Alessia Cara

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

  1. You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen (Winner)
  2. The Promise – Chris Cornell
  3. Run – Foo Fighters
  4. 5. No Good – Kaleo
  5. Go To War – Nothing More

BEST ROCK ALBUM

  1. Emperor Of Sand – Mastodon
  2. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct – Metallica
  3. The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Nothing More
  4. Villains – Queens Of The Stone Age
  5. A Deeper Understanding – The War On Drugs (Winner)

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

  1. Bounce Back – Big Sean
  2. Bodak Yellow – Cardi B
  3. 4:44 – Jay-Z
  4. HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar (Winner)
  5. Bad And Boujee – Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

BEST RAP ALBUM

  1. 4:44 – Jay-Z
  2. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar (Winner)
  3. Culture – Migos
  4. Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
  5. Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator

BEST COUNTRY SONG

  1. Better Man
  2. Body Like A Back Road
  3. Broken Halos (Winner)
  4. Drinkin’ Problem
  5. Tin Man

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

  1. Cosmic Hallelujah – Kenny Chesney
  2. Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
  3. The Breaker – Little Big Town
  4. Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
  5. From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton (Winner)

BEST RAP/SUNG PERFORMANCE

  1. PRBLMS — 6LACK
  2. Crew — Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
  3. Family Feud — Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé
  4. Loyalty — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna (Winner)
  5. Love Galore — SZA Featuring Travis Scott

BEST COMEDY ALBUM

  1. The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas — Dave Chappelle (Winner)
  2. Cinco — Jim Gaffigan
  3. Jerry Before Seinfeld— Jerry Seinfeld
  4. A Speck Of Dust— Sarah Silverman
  5. What Now? — Kevin Hart

With the above list, one might not be totally wrong to ask whether the campaign against sexism and racism in the Hollywood industry has really made a much positive impact.

 

By Arthur Adil

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