The Grammys Disappoint Once Again. Is Anyone Surprised?

Noah Range, A&E Editor

The Grammy Awards has a track record for terrible decisions for award winners and playing favorites with artists. While 2020 was an unusual year for music, the Grammys still failed to please with its awards like usual.

Chronicling all the bad decisions made by The Grammys would be nearly impossible. From Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company” winning Album of the Year over Kanye West’s “The College Dropout,” Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city” losing to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” for Best Rap Album, or Lionel Richie’s “Can’t Slow Down” beating Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” for Album of the Year, The Grammys have made plenty of terrible picks that are still controversial today.

Much like previous years, the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were filled with disappointments.

The Album of the Year category is the most prestigious award given by the Grammys, and to no one’s surprise, Taylor Swift won the category with “folklore.” It isn’t a terrible album, but it is not better than Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia.” Seeing that this is Swift’s third time winning Album of the Year, it is painfully obvious that The Grammys is playing favorites.

Record of the Year, another important award, went to Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted,” which is the most boring song nominated for that category. “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion or “Black Parade” by Beyonce were far more deserving of this award.

Nas, one of the most legendary MCs, won his first ever Grammy with “King’s Disease,” winning Best Rap Album. While it’s a shame that it took this long for Nas to win a Grammy, his album was not as airtight and enjoyable as Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist’s “Alfredo.”

Worst of all, the Grammys robbed Poppy of making music history. Her hellishly gratifying single “BLOODMONEY” was nominated for Best Metal Performance, making Poppy the first solo female to be nominated for that category. Sadly, the award went to “Bum-Rush” by Body Count, which was the most derivative and uninspired song they could have possibly chosen.

Out of every artist who received no awards, Phoebe Bridgers was robbed the most. She was nominated in four different categories for her magnificent album “Punisher” and her equally stunning single “Kyoto.” She did not get a single award, even though she so clearly deserved at least one.

83 awards were given out at this year; many of these were bad choices, but that’s not to say that every award wasn’t given to the person who deserved it.

Megan Thee Stallion took home multiple Grammys, winning 2 Grammys for her single “Savage” as well as best new artist.

I was most pleased to see the Highwomen when Best Country Song for “Crowded Table;” other great decisions were Dua Lipa winning Best Pop Vocal album for “Future Nostalgia,” Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande winning Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Rain on Me,” The Strokes winning Best Rock Album for “The New Abnormal” and Anderson. Paak winning Best Melodic Rap Performance for “Lockdown.”

While the Annual Grammy Awards are almost always accompanied with massive letdown and loads of favoritism, they aren’t supposed to be perfect measures of musical quality. Despite all the terrible choices made, a few artists may get the recognition they deserve while viewers get to see fantastic live performances, which isn’t half-bad after all.