The Grammys have long been criticized by the hip-hop community.
Rappers and their fans feel like the Grammy’s don’t show the appropriate amount of love to the most lucrative musical genre in the nation.
While immaculate albums like J.Cole’s “KOD” may have been snubbed this year, the Grammys did make a great improvement on their selection.
For example, out of the eight nominees for Record of the Year, four rap songs were chosen. A fifth song, “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, highlights the surge of talented Latin artistes.
Out of the eight albums in the Album of the Year nomination list, six are hip-hop or R&B. Drake’s “Scorpion” the Black Panther soundtrack, Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer”, Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy”, H.E.R.’s self-titled album, and Post Malone’s “Beerbong and Bentleys”all made the cut.
While we can sit and argue that some rap albums should have taken the place of others, but the fact that the Grammys included more hip-hop based acts than any other genre in their two biggest categories is progress.
Do you think this is a good move by the Grammy committee?