The Grammy Awards.

What can I say ? They suck buzzard scrotum.
Hoof Hearted
I just turned it off...the cringe-O-meter was going off the rails.
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Yeah real attractive.
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Grammy Awards switch to online voting and changes album of year rule
First posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 01:33 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 01:49 PM EDT
NEW YORK — The Grammy Awards are transitioning to online voting and have updated rules for its top category, album of the year.
The Recording Academy announced new changes Wednesday, including its official switch to online voting for its 13,000 members. Voting for the 2018 Grammy Awards will take place in the fall and will include songs and albums released between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017.
Bill Freimuth, the academy’s senior vice-president of awards, said the academy expects to attract younger voters and touring musicians who are away from home during voting season.
“It is something that has been long-desired, long-talked about and long-investigated,” he said of online voting, which comes a year after the Latin Grammys made the switch.
Freimuth said there were concerns about security issues, but added they have “done everything we can to make sure the integrity of the system will be preserved.”
Another major change is the addition of songwriters to the nominees for album of the year, which was previously reserved for artists, producers and engineers. However, all participants in the album, including featured artists, songwriters, producers and engineers, must now be credited with at least 33 per cent or more playing time on the album to be eligible for nomination. Prior to the new rule, all participants on an album would earn a nomination for album of the year even if they worked on one song.
The album of the year rule change would mainly affect pop, rap and contemporary R&B albums where producers typically vary throughout the project, as opposed to country and rock albums, where fewer producers are present.
Beyonce’s “Lemonade,” Drake’s “Views” and Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” — all nominees this year for album of the year — each had at least 20 producers credited. Adele’s “25,” which won the top prize in February, had 11 producers. The fifth nominee was country singer Sturgill Simpson, who produced his album by himself.
“Does participation on a single track on a 12- or 15-track album really signify that they really worked on the album? When it was put that way most people were saying, ‘No, not really,”’ Freimuth said.
If the new rule had been implemented at this year’s show, Bruno Mars and Ryan Tedder wouldn’t have earned Grammys for their production work on Adele’s album, for example. Freimuth added that songwriters and producers who work on a big hit on an album could earn a nomination for record or song of the year for their song.
The new changes were approved last month by the Recording Academy’s board of trustees. Other changes include nomination review committees added to the rap, contemporary instrumental and New Age genres. The committees serve as an additional layer of checks and balances, and for rap, could prevent wins like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2014 over Kendrick Lamar, which were highly criticized. It could also allow rising acts to earn nominations over veteran performers like Eminem and Kanye West, who consistently earn nominations.
“We form these committees only when we hear from ... those genre communities (when) they feel like something’s wrong, or that our nominations could be better,” said Freimuth. “For rap, what they were finding was that ‘legacy’ artists, almost no matter what they released, they would get a nomination because of their name recognition and fan base.”
The rock, R&B and country genres are other genres that have nomination review committees.
The Grammy Awards have 83 categories. Nominees will be announced Nov. 28, and the 60th awards show will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 28, 2018.
Grammy Awards switch to online voting and changes album of year rule | Music | E
How much Trump-hating will be on display tomorrow at the Grammies?
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How much Trump-hating will be on display tomorrow at the Grammies?

What do you expect with a hall full of snowflakes
Progs bashing progs. Schadenfreude alert.
Only one woman
They ran out of white roses in that part of town too...
Lowest ratings ever for the Grammys.

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Lowest ratings ever for the Grammys.

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young people do not watch tv
Alessia Cara responds to backlash over best new artist Grammy win: 'Not going to be upset about something I've wanted since I was kid'
Canadian Press
January 29, 2018
January 29, 2018 2:41 PM EST
Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara, winner of the Best New Artist award, poses in the press room during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York.DON EMMERT / AFP/Getty Images
TORONTO — Canadian singer Alessia Cara is defending herself against negative comments over her Grammy Award win.
Cara won best new artist at Sunday’s show, which some social media users said wasn’t fair since she’s already well-established in the music scene.
Some wrote that the award should have gone to R&B singer SZA, who was also nominated in the category alongside Julia Michaels, Khalid, and Lil Uzi Vert.
Cara responded to the backlash on her Instagram account, writing that she didn’t ask to be submitted in the category and had “no control over” the outcome.
The Brampton, Ont., native said she’s “worked really hard” and was “not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was kid.”
The 21-year-old added “there is a big issue in the industry that perpetuates the idea that an artist’s talent and hard work should take a back seat to popularity and numbers.”
“I will not let everything I’ve worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments and feeling the need to tell me how much I suck,” Cara wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of herself in a room filled with balloons.
“Here’s something fun! I’ve been thinking I suck since I was old enough to know what sucking meant. I’ve beat you to it. And that’s why this means a lot to me.”
The singer behind the hits “Scars to Your Beautiful” and “Stay” added that despite her many insecurities, she’s been shown that her work is “worth something.”
“All of the years feeling like I wasn’t good at anything or that I was naive for dreaming about something improbable have paid off in a way that I have yet to process,” reads the post.
“I know it sounds cheesy and dumb but it’s the honest truth. Thanks to everyone who’s shown me kindness and support along the way. I’ll stop talking now.”
Alessia Cara responds to backlash over best new artist Grammy win: ‘Not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was kid’ | Toronto Sun
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I refuse to tune in the Grammys, Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, lest they rot the transistors in the TV set.
GRAMMYS ‘RUINED’? Backlash after Hillary Clinton skit turns awards show into ‘trash’
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January 29, 2018
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NEW YORK — One-time Grammy winner Hillary Clinton made it back to the awards show Sunday night in a role she no doubt relished.
She was a surprise guest in a skit by host James Corden, supposedly auditioning for the spoken word recording of Michael Wolff’s bestseller on President Donald Trump’s administration, “Fire and Fury.”
She followed John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and DJ Khaled, all of whom Corden found wanting.
The final “auditioner” lowered the book from in front of her face to reveal it was Clinton. Corden said she got the job and was a sure winner.
“You think so?” Trump’s 2016 election opponent said. “The Grammy’s in the bag?”
Clinton is already a Grammy winner from 1997, for reading her book, “It Takes a Village.”
Not everyone was a fan of the moment.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Halley tweeted that the moment ruined the Grammy-watching experience for her.
“I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it,” she tweeted.
“Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.”
Show producer Ken Ehrlich said backstage that Corden and his producers did the work of convincing Clinton to appear.
They sent her the script and in a few days, Clinton agreed to do it.
Neil Portnow, head of the recording academy, told The Associated Press that he felt Clinton’s appearance was more satirical than political.
“The excerpts that were read from the book weren’t really political,” he said.
“We have a history of pointing out funny things, unusual things about our leadership.”
#GrammysSoMale? 'Women need to step up’ Grammy leader’s comment sparks outrage
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January 30, 2018
January 30, 2018 10:20 AM EST
TORONTO — Canadian singer Alessia Cara was the only woman to win one of the major categories at this year’s Grammy Awards, and less than a quarter of the 84 trophies handed out Sunday went to either a woman or group that included a woman.
But it was backstage comments from the Recording Academy’s president that inflamed critics, who saw this year’s awards show is further proof that a pervasive gender imbalance exists in the industry.
“I think it has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on an executive level,” Neil Portnow told reporters in the press room after the show on Sunday.
“(They need) to step up because I think they would be welcome.”
Suggesting that women aren’t “stepping up” in the music industry frustrates Aerin Fogel, organizer of Toronto-based feminist arts celebration Venus Fest. She said she is not surprised by the reaction from the executives.
“In a way what he’s (saying) represents the larger issues in the music industry — and in most industries,” Fogel said. “There are real inherent challenges for women to be moving through these structures in the same way as men.”
Backlash against the Grammys over its gender disparity started long before Sunday’s ceremony. When the nominations were announced in late November, many fans were quick to note that major categories were stacked with men.
Tension mounted in the days before the event when Lorde’s mother, Sonja Yelich, tweeted an excerpt from a New York Times article that said only nine per cent of nominees were women over the past six Grammy Awards.
During the broadcast several female artists — including Kesha and Lady Gaga — delivered impassioned performances in solidarity with the MeToo movement. Neither artist took home a Grammy at the ceremony.
Some have stood behind the Grammys, saying women haven’t been entirely left out. Adele won twice for album of the year over that same six-year period, while Taylor Swift grabbed the award once. Meghan Trainor was chosen as best new artist in 2016 before Cara this year.
But the wins are still mostly men in those categories.
Anne Douris, a Toronto-based musician who performs as Bossie, said Grammy figures suggest the organization’s president is “tone deaf” on timely issues.
“The attitude of ‘pull up your bootstraps’ is such an easy thing to say,” she said. “People in that position of power need to be working a little bit harder to look at this as a complicated issue.”
Before she launched her solo career, Douris regularly toured with other bands, including several Canadian rock musicians.
“I would work on tours where I was the only woman and the entire time nobody would shake my hand,” she said. “People would assume I was someone’s girlfriend.”
Douris said those memories came rushing back when she heard executives at the Grammys suggest women work harder to pursue industry roles.
“There’s lots of women working very hard, you’re just not talking to them,” the musician said she wished she could tell the leaders.
Grammy winner Barbara Hannigan said she didn’t face a lack of opportunities as a woman when she first started in the music industry. As a soprano, the Nova Scotia singer only competed for jobs with other women.
“Then when I became a conductor, all the sudden I was in a male-dominated field and I started getting all these questions about my gender,” said Hannigan, who picked up a Grammy for classical solo vocal album at this year’s awards.
“I don’t want to be considered a female conductor, I want to just be a musician,” she said. “As soon as someone puts ‘female’ in front of my job, they immediately change the focus from my work to my gender, which I find kind of frustrating.”
Hannigan said that while her priorities are focused on creating music of the highest calibre, she still acknowledges that she was raised in a world where female conductors were put in a box.
“For some reason it seemed absolutely appropriate for a woman to conduct a choir but not an orchestra,” she said. “I don’t know why that is. All I know is that I never saw that.”
While she doesn’t dwell on her gender, Hannigan recognizes she is among a rare set of female conductors. She was reminded of the fact during a recent performance for a couple of thousand teenagers, many of whom had little exposure to classical music.
“That’s amazing because they’re going to sit in the hall and they’re not going to find it strange to see a woman on the podium,” she said.
“In that way, by me just showing up — and doing what I do the highest of my ability — this is what’s important.”
Portnow says his comments following the 60th annual Grammy Awards were taken out of context after he was criticized for saying women in the music industry need to “step up.”
In a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press, Portnow says he regrettably used the words “step up” and that the words were taken out of context and neither convey his beliefs nor the point he was trying to make. The show ended Sunday with only two female winners onstage. Lorde, the only woman nominated for album of the year, didn’t perform.
He says the music industry must recognize that female musicians “face barriers that men have never faced.”
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