It has been an exceptionally tiring month for the entertainment world, between the violent reaction to the Super Bowl breakout schedule and the fuss about who would get the Oscar (nobody), how many leads polarize the movies. Green Paper and Bohemian Rhapsody would receive (five each), how many original song contenders would play live (all of them, apparently thanks to Lady Gaga) and, well. . . we could continue.
But let's take a break there, just to save your breath for the latest award drama – this time on the Grammy. Pop singer Ariana Grande recently tweeted that she gave up performing this year due to a creative disagreement with her producers, while rappers Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover), Drake and Kendrick Lamar allegedly rejected offers from the show, which has a record. history with hip-hop artists. This marks another difficult year for the Grammy.
It all started when Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said The Associated Press in an article published on Thursday that by the time Grande and those on the show got to the point where a performance seemed possible, she decided against it because she thought it was "too late for her to put something together." Big was quick to refute this account on Twitter, his chosen means to deal with such matters.
"I can put together a performance during the night and you know it, Ken," she wrote Thursday afternoon. "It was when my creativity and self-expression were stifled by you, that I decided not to attend. I hope the program is exactly what you want it to be and more." She finished the tweet with her black heart emoji.
Grande added that she offered to play three different songs, but that the process she wrote should be "about art and honesty", ended up looking like a game: "that's not what music is for me," he said.
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The singer, who sent the tweets just hours before the long-awaited release of her album Thanks U, Next, It's for two awards this year: best pop solo performance for God is a womanAnd best pop vocal album for Sweetener. In addition to other general field categories, Glover, Drake and Lamar received all the year's This is America., God's Plan and All Stars, Respectively. Ehrlich said The New York Times in an article also published on Thursday, the rappers also declined their invitations to perform on the show.
The tense relationship of the Grammy with the hip-hop community goes back decades. In 1989, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff boycotted the show after they learned that the presentation of the best rap award would not be televised, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Hollywood artisans have a similar fear this year as the Film Academy has previously announced plans to stage certain Oscars during commercial breaks. It has not confirmed which, but rumors point to technical categories.)
Fast forward 30 years, and the Grammys are still accused of mistreating hip-hop and R & B artists, who rarely bring home prizes in major categories. Some prominent figures that the Grammys "alienated", for The timesinclude Drake, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Jay-Z, who called the 2018 Grammy specifically on a Everything is love, His joint album with wife Beyoncé. Although he received eight nominations that year – most of all – he went home empty-handed.
Ehrlich, in The times interview, acknowledged that the Grammy "continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world."
"When they do not take home the grand prize," he said, "the academy's consideration, and what the Grammy stands for, remains less significant to the hip-hop community, which is sad."
The Grammys also fought against gender inequality, an issue that came to their head last year. Best New Artist Alessia Cara was the only woman to receive her own award during the broadcast, and Lord, the only woman to be nominated for the album of the year, was not invited to play her own music. A study released by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California found that of the 899 individuals who had been nominated for the previous six programs, 90.7 percent were men.
When asked shortly after the show about the lack of winning women, Academy President Neil Portnow said women needed to "step up" – now infamous words that instantly provoked outrage and which, he said, were taken out of context. Weeks later, the academy announced that it had hired Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, to lead a new task force on inclusion and diversity. Portnow announced at the end of the year that it would not seek to extend its contract, which ends this year.
This year's showcase shows some efforts to address these diversity issues – the academy, which The times reported invited 900 new members to vote, expanded the main categories of five to eight candidates. Fifteen times a Grammy winner, Alicia Keys will be the first woman to host the ceremony in more than a decade.
Thing will be live Grammy awards on Monday afternoon, starting with the action of the red carpet at noon.