The 54th annual Grammy Award Show is just around the corner. The mega show kicks off Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. on CBS.
A Grammy is the most prestigious award a musical act can receive, meaning only the crème de la cream is nominated. This year, however, shocked fans world-wide because the powers that be at the famous award show changed the categories by combing male and female categories in order to shorten the show. This pushed a lot of artists out of nominations.
Aside from this huge change some artists were arguably snubbed. Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, LMFAO, Pit-bull and Neyo were among the most upsetting.
Beyoncé was only nominated for best rap/sung collaboration but had one of the best reviewed albums of the year with her LP 4. It seemed rather odd that the song that got the most flack on the album was the one that got a nomination but “1+1”, “I was here”, “Best thing I never had” and “Love on top” were worthy contenders. She easily had one of the best R&B albums of the year, selling more than the others nominated combined.
Katy Perry matched Michael Jackson’s record for five No. 1 singles on one album with “California Girls”, “Teenage dream”, “Firework”, “ET” and “T.G.I.F.” This goes without saying she had the most commercially successful album of the year and yet she was not nominated for album of the year. A little odd.
Britney Spears’ song “Till the World Ends” stormed the airwaves in 2011 and she did not receive a nomination at all. Who can forget how huge LMFAO’s hit single “Party Rock Anthem” was? It topped the charts for months and it brought shuffling to a mainstream audience.
They also succumbed to snubbery. Pit-bull and Neyo’s collaboration was the biggest collaboration of the year and was a huge pop smash, but the Grammys failed to recognize this mega hit in the collaboration categories.
In order for a song to be nominated for album of the year or song of the year there has to be some chart history or record of commercial impact. The panel ignored the people and the Billboard charts this year and it does not reflect 2011 very well.
The only artists that were rightfully nominated were Adele, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Skrillex and Nick Minaj.
Bon Iver was over nominated and the whole neo soul/ R&B categories are awful. I predict the Grammy Award Show’s ratings will fall and if this is how nominations are looking I’m afraid to see who the winners will be.
On the other hand, legendary rapper, LL Cool J will host the evening of stars this year. This is a perfect fit becuase the Grammys need a refreshing and hip host in order to drive the night. The performers that have been scheduled so far don’t seem to be all that stellar so it will have to fall on LL’s wit and charm to save the night.
For more information about the Grammy awards visit www.grammy.com.