Thursday, 17 February 2011
After Esperanza Spalding's ''upsetting'' Grammy win over Justin Bieber for Best New Artist, I thought I should comment on more talent that should've shined right along with Spalding. One of the aspects I love about the Grammys is that only affiliates within the record industry get to vote on artist nominations because I feel as though with public votes, it's all about quantity in terms of looking like an Abercrombie & Fitch model, who gets the most radio play or album sales.
With the industry votes, true artistry is always recognized even when mainstream groupies don't recognize your work and Esperanza Spalding's victory was solid proof. I don't always agree with the Grammy votes so here are my 2 Grammy Snubs that should've been recognized.
1. Rose Garden by Nick Jonas
I'm really not that into Disney-Based artists since I'm way beyond the age group, at the same time, I choose not to be biased towards artists without hearing their work first. I decided to listen to the January 2010 release of the ''Who I Am'' album by Nick Jonas & the Administration out of curiosity as to what his new band sounded like.
Rose Garden was the only track that stood out for me because it has a very compelling uptempo blues-rock style that would make you dance even when you don't anticipate on dancing to a blues song. Even though Rose Garden was the only good song off ''Who I Am'', I was really intimidated by what Nick could pull off at such a young age because music is all about what you stay attach to when you don't realize it and Rose Garden had the instrument performance that the Grammys should've picked up on.
It's such a shame though that Biebermania kinda overshadowed all of that wasted talent in early 2010 just when older people my age were starting to take Nick Jonas more seriously...but it's like Alanis Morissette always says...life has a funny way of sneaking up on you. lol.
2. Window Seat by Erykah Badu
When Badu decided that she was going to unexpectedly go nude at Dealey Plaza on March 2010 to spark controversy on the disrespect of individual freedom in the Window Seat video, she made sure that she had a song with a very profound instrument performance & message to back up her scenarios in the video.
But not even creative force as a writer or musician can overshadow public nudity because it's like that song never even existed. But if Lady Gaga or Beyonce did the song with or without the nudity, it would've went straight to #1 on the Billboards and they would've been seen as ''evolving singers''.
Is our country, the one we call the U.S., THAT ANGRY with public nudity that not even the Grammys could recognize the positive effect that the song and video had on the Americans that actually appreciated it?
Because we're still living in uneducated times where people in our country don't respect individuals for being Black, White, Latino, Asian, Native, gay, bi, old, young, fat, rich or poor and you would think a song and video that promotes more integration would get acknowledged at the Grammys.
So what are your opinions of my song choices and what are some of your favorite Grammy snubs and why?