One of the reasons I had stopped watching the Grammy Awards for a while was because of the low caliber of talent, creativity and imagination of the current crop of artists who were featured on radio. Watching people lip sync or sing along with the track bothered me, because I know there is way much more “natural talent” in the world who could have been a much better representation for the famed musical event. I am not trying to demean anyone who performs for the event at all, because not all of them fit into this category. However, it’s not just about the performances onstage. When I read that Kanye West, who is a brilliant rapper (NOT a singer, as he attempted to do at the show) ultimately “dissed” Beck for winning the “Album of the year” it deflated the whole image of the event. For those of you who don’t know, Mr. West said afterwards,
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.
“Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration,” West continued. “And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place.”
For the record, I didn’t like when Kanye did that to Taylor Swift years ago, and I most certainly didn’t like it this time either. The question now is, “Should the industry bow down to Kanye or should they do like they have done to so many other artists and blacklist him?” To me, if Michael Jackson was not powerful enough to criticize the industry like that, then Kanye “most definitely” is not powerful enough to do so. Beck had a great album, and while there is no disrespect to Beyonce, the academy voted for Beck, so there was “no need” whatsoever to jump on Beck for receiving the award. John Legend, who is an admitted friend to Kanye, disagreed with his remarks, and fully supported Beck’s win. If Kanye has that much power to shake his fist at the industry, then I suggest they make him the “sole judge” of the event. They can then start calling it “Kanye’s Grammys.” However, if the event itself is actually “much bigger” than the artists who perform for it, then I suggest they “find a way” to shut this man down before he causes more damage to this famed event. Whether you love or hate Kanye’s music doesn’t matter. He is great and I love his music too. However, at “some” point “everyone” needs to show a little “respect.” This is the “second” time he has done this. Now let’s see if the “industry” has the “balls” to do something about it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always i wish you the very best that life has to offer. Please make the most of it.
Janet Jackson and Brett Jolly