It seems that controversy is the middle name of the Grammys 2016.
It’s much more than music that gets made or celebrated at the Grammys. And this year it is no different. For one thing, racism has been a slur that has plagued the Grammys. LL Cool J, the host this time around has said that in case of Kendrick Lamar, some hanky panky will take place no matter how many precautions are taken.
Kendrick is a rap star by the way so it figures. But it is not just a matter of rap stars delivering their insults and staccato delivery lines that is the focal point.
Many other artists whose sensitivities have been hurt are willing to take the risk to point out the gaps and things lacking at the platform. This is in keeping with the traditions of criticism set by such superstarlets and superstars as Beyonce and Kanye.
Not only are the Grammys the only awards ceremony that is being held as a racist agglomeration of individuals but there are other institutions that deserve the same epithet. The Oscars are also getting the same label of being a forum for chauvinistic, traditional and conservative judges.
Kendrick Lamar will be the main man of the night though. That is because he has been nominated a total of 11 times. And his message is very clearly on the side of the underdog.
And to top the suspense factor, Kendrick is up against Taylor Swift who represents the privilege of White America. Another nominated song is Girl Crush. The artists are not being controversial or acting out.
They are just reacting to what is happening around them. If they feel injustice taking place, they won’t zip up their mouths about it. Instead they will point out the flaws in the system and then retreat to allow those responsible for the problem to fix it.
Music is the free expression of the human personality through voice and notes. And it makes for a better world.
Some of the highlights of the Grammys that you ought not to miss include:
- Taylor Swift whose Bad Blood and Blank Space will mesmerize with their tones and beats;
- Kendrick Lamar whose Alright anthem and hit single These Walls will hypnotize via the medium being the message;
- Rihanna whose new album “Anti” has her latest single Work on it and last but not least
- Adele whose album 25 will have her best of the best single When We Were Young among its contents.
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Two tributes which will brighten the evening will be to Glenn Frey and David Bowie who have both passed away.