The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards aired March 14 on CBS. It began out harmless sufficient. Host Trevor Noah famous that the partially outside venue was the “greatest outside occasion apart from the storming of the Capitol”, which, surprisingly, was about as political because the dyed within the wool lefty acquired. Black Lives Matter politics intruded just a little extra by a number of the artists and an obscene musical efficiency introduced applause from these in attendance.
The Tune of the Yr, “I Can’t Breathe”, went to the artist H.E.R. The track was impressed by the demise of George Floyd. She credited her concern and ache for turning into change. She inspired others to maintain up the struggle, “We’re the change we want to see and that struggle that we had in us, the summer time of 2020, preserve that very same vitality.” Ah, sure, the Summer season of Love that introduced all these “peaceable protests”. The truth of BLM riots, destruction of property, and demise and accidents to harmless individuals was not talked about.
Feminine rappers Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion carried out their track “WAP” the specific lyrics of that are too nasty to explain right here. Their obscene act wasn’t significantly better. The ladies had been wearing scanty outfits, with the background dancers exhibiting most of their butt cheeks. There was a lot of twerking and graphically simulated sexual strikes, together with between the 2 ladies, to the titillation of the viewers. It was extra acceptable for a paid cable community than CBS.
Turning to the woke portion of this system, Harvey Mason Jr., the Interim President and Chief Govt Officer of The Recording Academy, lectured about elevating marginalized voices in inventive communities.
Mason: Music requires listening. You hear the vocals. The drums. The rhythm guitar. You pay attention extra carefully and also you will hear a lot extra. Take heed to a singer-songwriter making an attempt to make their strategy to the large metropolis, a child, pay attention hope, and heartbreak. To late nights within the studio to months on the street, the silent uncertainty the subsequent day. Take heed to the voices of your technology, those who got here earlier than you, and people who are subsequent. Take heed to the signature sound of an important producer, the backup singers who sing alongside whose names it’s possible you’ll by no means know. Hear to like. To dedication put into each track, each album. To the years of arduous work that go into each in a single day success. Take heed to the work life’s work of people that dedicate their lives to this work. The Recording Academy’s job is not simply handy out awards, it’s to take heed to the mug music and to listen to the voices of all those that make it. And we’re listening like by no means earlier than. We hear the cries for variety, the pleas for illustration and calls for for transparency. I first joined the Academy 20 years in the past so I might vote for myself. However what I rapidly discovered, what led me to develop into a trustee and now chair of the board is that the Recording Academy is a lot greater than awards, greater than particular person artists and even who’s chair. Tonight I am right here to ask the complete music neighborhood to affix in, work with us, not in opposition to us, as we construct a brand new recording academy that we are able to all be proud of. One that may proceed to do the work and serve everybody within the business. And we’d not get it proper one hundred pc of the time and we actually will not have the ability to make everyone blissful however we’ll present help in occasions of want. We’ll protect music and educate the subsequent technology. We’ll advocate for the rights of all creators to verify they’ll proceed to earn a good residing making music. And we’ll get up for what’s proper and struggle for higher variety and extra equal illustration.
Quickly after, a graphic appeared at a industrial break reiterating the condemnation of “all types of racism, sexism, violence, anti-Semitism and hate:”
That is humorous, considering rapper Lil Baby performed an anti-cop song, full with the inclusion of a rant from anti-Semitic BLM activist Tamika Mallory.
Now that there’s a new president in workplace, the partisan political rants throughout award exhibits are much less frequent. However the virtue-signaling from our betters within the leisure business has not stopped. It’s rewarded with shiny trophies.