Opinion: Grammy selection process not fair


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Tumi Ojo, Staff Writer

Though the entire world is amid a global pandemic, the annual Grammys are fast approaching. This year marks the 63rd year of the annual Grammy awards.

Many tweaks and changes are being applied to this year’s ceremony, which will be held Sunday, but it will be jam-packed with multiple performances and features from popular musicians. 

Numerous talents such as Doja Cat, Beyonce, Chloe x Halle, BTS, Taylor Swift, and many more have been nominated for their musical achievements this year. But many brilliant musicians have been left out of the ceremony, even if they had an accomplished year. 

The Grammy celebrates the accomplishments of musically gifted artists of the previous year. However, there are a lot of conflicts, with many deserving artists not being nominated.

Well known pop singer the Weekend has not been nominated for a Grammy for two years, including this year’s awards. Outraged by the news, he sent out a statement on Thursday, saying he will boycott all future Grammys.   

“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he said in the statement, referring to the Grammy committees that select nominees. 

The Weeknd is not the only deserving artist to be passed over in recent years. The Grammys should pay closer attention to hard-working artists who are deserving of recognition, rather than one-hit wonders. 

The Grammys ceremony is an annual tradition for the music industry, but it has turned into a popularity contest.

The origin of the awards program did not revolve around the relevance of an individual in the music industry. Their work ethic and creativity had to stand out from the rest and make a difference. 

The Grammys need to notice more talented artists deserving of their awards because of their dedication and time to each piece of music they release.