There are some who say that the Grammys are a racist platform. Honoring David Bowie yet ignoring Maurice White seems to be the main problem.
The Grammys lack diversity. That is the question of the times and it needs resolution. Whether the late Maurice White will be included among the list of people who will be lent tributes is a moot point.
As time is limited the organizers and head honchos of the show must make a quick decision. Maurice White belonged to the group Earth, Wind and Fire. He died last week from Parkinson’s Disease, according to PageSix.
The fact that Maurice and Natalie Cole are among those who are being ignored at the Grammys has provoked many Black Americans and ethnic minorities in show business to voice their concern over the lack of diversity.
The all-white ensemble which are being honored at the Grammys include: David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Lemmy. The fact that the tributes are for white people is a bit demeaning to Black singers who are no less talented than these fair-skinned stars.
The producers of the Grammy Awards have mentioned in passing that there is simply not enough space and time to include everyone on the list of tribute-worthy people.
People are following the herd instinct in America and not saying it out loud that this is such a big injustice. But even a little child could discern the extreme unfairness of the situation (like the proverbial Emperor’s New Clothes).
There is a history behind this all. The Grammys are racist to begin with and they have always dishonored countless Black and colored artists by not paying any heed to their accomplishments and achievements. The few who were acknowledged in the past include the rap star Kendrick Lamar and the late Michael Jackson.
Someone mentioned that the Grammys may have become more inclusive with the times, but there was still a lot of room for improvement. Such prominent Black Americans as Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee boycotted and shunned the ceremony after they felt that it was being unfair to ethnic minorities.
Even Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper are being included among the ranks of those who are to be honored. Then the legitimate question is why not Maurice White.
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The fact of the matter is that Maurice has left behind him an indelible impact on pop music. The man was a legend in his times. But the fact that his inclusion or exclusion in the Grammys tributes remain a mystery is sad since such great people are sources of inspiration for so many.