What The 2016 Grammy Nominations Say About Entertainment In 2015
In case you missed it, on Monday the official list of 2016 Grammy nominations was announced. Per usual, there were many snubs, a lot of surprises, many thrilled celebs, and fans who are just plain angry. Some might see the Grammys as just another awards show, but actually the 2016 Grammy noms say a lot about 2015. With new music and new artists constantly emerging, the music industry is continuously changing with each new year, which is directly proven through the nominations. Music is also a reflection of society, how times are changing, and what people are or aren't interested in.
If you take a gander at the Grammy nominations, you'll see that each nominee says something and helps sums up the year of 2015, at least when it comes to those in the entertainment biz. What do you think it says that Taylor Swift continues to earn nominations, while One Direction just keeps getting ignored? Maybe it means that once you date T. Swift and she writes a song about you, you will never, ever receive Grammy love. Totally kidding.
However, here are a few things the Grammy noms do say about 2015.
Taylor Swift Will Always Be Queen
At this rate, Swift proves that she'll always be at the top. Even though Kendrick Lamar scored the most noms, T. Swift and The Weeknd followed closely behind with seven nominations each. Whether she's making country or pop music, the 25-year-old musician can do no wrong and will continue to shine at awards shows and with her fans.
Men & Women Can Be Part Of The Same Category
Once again, the Grammys prove that men and women don't have to be in separate categories, but can actually compete against one another. I've always wondered why the Golden Globes, the Emmys, and the Oscars have female and male categories. Why can't actors and actresses be nominated in the same category? Granted, that means more actors and actresses are recognized (which is great), but the Grammys show that with categories like Best New Artist that gender doesn't define talent.
Boy Bands Might Be A Thing Of The Past
As mentioned above, One Direction didn't earn a Grammy nom — again. This just goes to show you that some aren't feeling boy bands. Don't get me wrong, I jam to One Direction time and again, but clearly the Grammys aren't seeing what Directioners are so passionate about.
Controversy Still Earns Love
No matter how controversial a song is, it still seems to earn all the love and money. For example, Little Big Town's "Girl Crush." Some weren't not happy that the song appeared to depict gay content. *Gasp* A few radio stations even stopped playing it, despite the song not being about a gay couple. Whatever the case, the song earned a nom for Song of the Year, Best Country Duo/Group Performance, and Best Country Song.
There's Always That One Pop Song
There always seems to be one pop song that brings people together and that they can't help but play on repeat. In 2015 that was Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk." It snagged two noms, including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. If you create an upbeat song people can dance to and gets stuck in fans' head, there's no doubt you'll have a hit and earn a Grammy nom.
People Care About Quality Music
Sometimes it seems that chart toppers and commercial music receives recognition over all the other types of worthy music out there. However, that all changed when D'Angelo and the Vanguard scored three Grammy noms. Clearly, there are some people out there who want to honor quality music and artists who aren't constantly making headlines.
Now, let's wait and see what the list of 2016 Grammy winners say about 2015.