i wanna get this outta the way right up front: i live in a deep, dark hole w/r/t pop culture. and also, yes, i’m maybe a bit racist (especially w/r/t hip hop). i just wanted to remind you. in case there was any confusion as to why this whole macklemore/grammys backlash has me perplexed. i totally get the whole “recording academy is out of touch” argument. but, fuck, what awards association isn’t? bitching about macklemore winning grammys is like bitching about a biopic winning too many damn oscars. pissing & moaning about why *your* guy didn’t win (whoever *your* guy is) only serves to legitimize the whole absurd enterprise. if you’re gonna attack the grammys at all, why not make it about the ludicrous prospect of giving awards for art?
but maybe you wanna make this about race. and, to be fair, because we’re talking about america, you can pretty much bet race is a factor. but is it the factor? have we already forgotten that kanye west swept the 4 rap categories of 2011, and 4 of 5 in 2007? or that lil wayne won 4 of 5 in 2008? in fact, other than a handful of awards given to eminem, and a single award to the beasties in ’98, the grammy’s rap category has been completely dominated by black artists since the recording academy began awarding them in 1988. so someone whingeing about a white artist in 2014 strikes me as someone actually having an issue with their own long/short-term memory. if you’re gonna get on the grammys about diversity, why not make it about the GLARING omission of female hip hop artists (and not just in 2014, but for 25 years now)?
so, like they’re prone to do, the interwebs have whipped up a tempest in a teakettle because macklemore & ryan lewis won some shit they thought kendrick lamar should’ve. i mean, sure: did macklemore deserve to win 3 of 4 rap awards? i dunno… i really liked the heist alot, but it wasn’t exactly raising hell, ya’ know? and though i don’t really know kendrick lamar’s music, after seeing him perform at the grammys, it sure seems like he shoulda won SOMETHING. still, what did you expect from an academy that gave it’s first rap awards to the fresh prince & young mc instead of public enemy & de la soul? if you’re gonna get up in the grammys’ business here, why not make it about the grammys being too prone to heaping awards on one artist in a given year instead of recognizing the incredible breadth of the genre?
but no, instead we’ve got this disproportionate vitriol: the viciousness being directed at macklemore now, and the “objective” claims over what’s obviously a very subjective matter (of “who’s best”). i’d much rather be talking about the fact that jay-z was nominated for an album that pretty much everyone agreed wasn’t very good. and how that simple act of nominating jay-z is taking limelight away from some other really exciting artists. that’s why my favorite part of the grammys every year happens well before the ceremony. it’s when greg kot checks off all the artists (like chance the rapper) who “got shafted” by not even getting a nod. but i guess the internet isn’t real good at reasoned discourse, is it?
but, hey, at least we can all agree on this, right? robots have no race. and maybe we can even agree that robots can make some pretty excellent tunes to dance to, too. so let’s just let go of all this macklemore nonsense & focus on the clear and irrefutable fact that daft punk is the best thing that ever happened to the grammys. i’m so glad we had this talk. now let’s boogie.