Tag: Recording Academy

Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute at the Grammys Gentrified the Genre

Jennifer Lopez (l) and Smokey Robinson perform at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images for The Recording Academy) During Black History Month 2019, the Recording Academy decided to gentrify Motown by having Jennifer “Don’t Be Fooled By the Rocks that I Got” Lopez do a tribute to an undeniably black-ass genre […]

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Can the Grammys Please Anyone?

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be music’s biggest party. But in recent years the show has also become a piñata for critics, activists and even major artists over a host of issues like race and gender — and, oh yes, music. The 61st annual show, to be hosted by Alicia Keys and broadcast live […]

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Critic’s Notebook: For Innovation at the Grammys, Look at the Best Music Video Category

Another year, another persistent worry that the Grammy Awards will once again fail to recognize boundary-pushing black performers. The nominations are led by Kendrick Lamar, Drake and a crop of female artists — a promising shift after years of complaints about a lack of diversity at the music industry’s big night. However, nominations don’t necessarily […]

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Taylor Swift? Cardi B? The 2019 Grammy Nominations’ Snubs and Surprises

Like most major awards shows, the Grammys in recent years has attempted a precarious balancing act: maintaining its status as the music establishment’s kingmaker — and live CBS concert event — while also trying to confront the reality of its staid, overwhelmingly white and male history. [Kendrick Lamar leads nominees and women dominate major categories: […]

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Kendrick Lamar Leads 2019 Grammy Nominees, and Women Dominate Major Categories

The rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards announced Friday, but right behind them is a crop of young and less heralded artists, notably women, after years of friction about diversity, including a major dust-up over gender representation after the last ceremony. The Instagram star turned […]

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