Whatever happened to music? What happened to the Grammy’s?
Over the last decade or so the music industry has been complaining about the decline of sales figures, and they blamed everything and every one. First it was Napster. Then it was the illegal downloading of music from other websites like ‘limewire’ which was shut down.
Now they are blaming the several streaming services like “Spotify’ and also Youtube.
However they forget to blame the massive elephant in the tiny room. The music industry itself, the music has gone dire as if all songs were thrown into a big blender and came out less then blend. There are still a few exceptions that perform great music but in general the quality is just bad. It is not a surprise that some of the old timers still tour.
If any proof was ever needed how bad the music has become, we only have to look at the recent performance of the EIGHT time Grammy awards winner Fergie at the NBA All star game.
Fergie won 8 Grammy’s the most prestigious music price in the world. But the Grammy’s are no longer that, they have become a bit of a joke. It has become more of the musical equivalent of the Razzies.
Let’s just have a brief look how it went from a platform of the world’s greatest performers to the manufactured a-musical rubbish nowadays. I will not go though all 60 editions, just a few but it will illustrate the decline of music perfectly.
Winners at the 1st Grammy awards in 1958
Frank Sinatra,Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Perry Como.
Winners at the 10th Grammy Awards in 1967.
The Beatles,Glen Campbell,Chet Atkins, Duke Ellington
Winners at the 20th Grammy Awards in 1977
The Eagles,Barbra Streisand,Steely Dan,Al Jarreau
Winners at the 30th Grammy Awards in 1987
U2,Paul Simon,Sting, Whitney Houston
Here we take a small detour to the 33rd Grammy awards in 1990. You will not find any records of this ‘band’ on the Grammy website because it caused a major scandal and embarrassment because this band won the award of best new comer by miming or lip syncing. The band was of course Milli Vanilli.
But the damage was already done and the rot started to kick in at the Grammy’s
Winners at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1997
R.Kelly,Backstreet,Radiohead,Puff Daddy(or P.Diddy or whatever he is called nowadays)
Winners at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2007
Kanye West,Justin Timberlake,Rihanna,Ne-Yo
At the last Grammy’s in 2017 the pendulum slightly swung back to award real musicians/,singer/songwriters even though Bruno Mars was the biggest winner. I do actually like Bruno Mars but as a show man or entertainer. As a singer he does not stand out.
Winners at the 60th Grammy Awards in 2017
Bruno Mars.Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Leonard Cohen
If you look at the winners of the last 15-20 years or so and you compare them to artists who never won a Grammy, you can’t help but think the Gammy’s have become a joke.
Artists who never won a Grammy.
Bob Marley,Jimi Hendrix,Joe Satriani,Led Zeppelin,Queen,Guns N Roses,Ramones,Journey,The Who,The Kinks,Iggy Pop,Talking Heads,Velvet Underground and Chuck Berry.
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