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  • Here's What I Would Prefer Over the Grammys

    I was on the SF Chapter's board, and voted religiously for years. Somehow I just can't muster the interest to be a part of NARAS. I haven't watched the Grammys in years. It would be one thing if I was just out of touch, but it seems I'm not alone.

    Like there's this article about the most overhyped Grammy nominations. Which in itself is click bait. Who's this person to decide what is and is not overhyped? And...who cares?

    So here's my suggestion: The Best New Music Awards. Musicians in various genres would choose the new, fresh artists they feel best represented that genre during the past year. Hip hop guys would say "if you hate hip-hop, listen to this music, is effing awesome." Rock folks would say "you think rock and roll has nothing new to offer, listen to this music." EDMers would say "if you think this is all about kids pushing buttons in their parents' bedrooms, then check this out."

    This self-congratulatory "we're so great" crap gets really old. Let's see who's doing something new and different, according to their peers. I would watch that show for sure.

    Would you?
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    IMHO the Emmys, Oscars and other self-award shows tend to gravitate more to promotion and advertisement than awards of actual merit.

    I guess when an industry awards itself, it's impossible to be impartial and favoritism and money enter the judging process.

    I lost interest in them.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Anderton View Post

      This self-congratulatory "we're so great" crap gets really old. Let's see who's doing something new and different, according to their peers. I would watch that show for sure.

      Would you?
      Yeah, probably, because it would probably be more music-focused and less music industry focused... but the suits are never going to go for that Craig.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Notes_Norton View Post
        IMHO the Emmys, Oscars and other self-award shows tend to gravitate more to promotion and advertisement than awards of actual merit.

        I guess when an industry awards itself, it's impossible to be impartial and favoritism and money enter the judging process.

        I lost interest in them.

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        The problem with this assessment is that the Oscars, in particular, are constantly derided for only recognizing "art" type movies and not what is generally popular. If they were all about promotion and advertisement, then the latest Marvel Comics blockbuster would win "Best Picture" every year.

        Every industry has their "awards" convention. The only real difference is that the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys are televised. But my guess is that the National Association of Realtors annual convention and awards are just as self-congratulatory.

        I have no problem with any industry that wants to recognize itself. To the degree that the Oscars are the cinematographers nominating the candidates for Best Cinematography, costume designers for Best Costume Design, etc. and then the winners selected by people who all work in the industry, then I not only don't have a problem with it but think it makes more sense then things like the "Peoples Choice Awards" which are already reflected in sales figures.

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        • #5
          I respectfully disagree, Marvel movies don't need the advertisement. The Grammy best picture goes to films that need to make more money. "Art" movies fall into that category.

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          • #6
            Lest we forget, the Grammys jumped the shark ... 1989 - best heavy metal Grammy to Jethro Tull
            Don Boomer

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