We took a look at the Grammy nominations and we continue to be in a state of disbelief. How on earth could David Bowie’s “Blackstar” not be given a nod for “Album of the Year.” Not only is it one of the top reviewed albums of the year, but it is one of the best. Instead, the so-called music industry professionals decided to nominate Justin Bieber’s “Purpose,” along with Adele, Beyonce, Drake, and Sturgill Simpson, over Bowie in this category.
We often laugh when people contact us after our annual music awards and say we should change the process and allow the music industry professionals to decide the nominees. Well, this is what you get when that happens. Plus, look at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s decided by music critics and people in the industry and look at the number of bands who should be in the Hall of Fame (i.e. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Moody Blues, Yes, etc.) that aren’t or bands that took far too long to get in (i.e. Rush, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Heart, etc.).
The bottom line is there is no perfect process for an awards show but when so-called music industry professionals get involved, you’re creating a recipe for disaster.