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 moreover the storming of the Capitol”, which, surprisingly, was about as political because the dyed within the wool lefty obtained. Black Lives Matter politics intruded a bit of extra by a few of the artists and an obscene musical efficiency introduced applause from these in attendance.
The Track of the Yr, “I Can’t Breathe”, went to the artist H.E.R. The track was impressed by the loss of life of George Floyd. She credited her worry and ache for turning into change. She inspired others to maintain up the battle, “We’re the change we want to see and that battle that we had in us, the summer season of 2020, hold that very same power.” Ah, sure, the Summer season of Love that introduced all these “peaceable protests”. The truth of BLM riots, destruction of property, and loss of life and accidents to harmless folks 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 a lot better. The ladies have been wearing scanty outfits, with the background dancers exhibiting most of their butt cheeks. There was plenty of twerking and graphically simulated sexual strikes, together with between the 2 girls, 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 Government 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 hear extra intently and also you will hear a lot extra. Take heed to a singer-songwriter making an attempt to make their option to the massive metropolis, a child, hear hope, and heartbreak. To late nights within the studio to months on the highway, the silent uncertainty the following day. Take heed to the voices of your technology, people who got here earlier than you, and people who are subsequent. Take heed to the signature sound of an awesome producer, the backup singers who sing alongside whose names you might by no means know. Hear to like. To dedication put into each track, each album. To the years of exhausting 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 at hand out awards, it’s to hearken 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 range, 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 shortly 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 hitch in, work with us, not in opposition to us, as we construct a brand new recording academy that we will all be proud of. One that may proceed to do the work and serve everybody within the business. And we would not get it proper 100 % of the time and we actually will not be capable to make everyone comfortable however we’ll present help in occasions of want. We are going to protect music and educate the following technology. We are going to advocate for the rights of all creators to ensure they’ll proceed to earn a good dwelling making music. And we’ll arise for what’s proper and battle for better range 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, contemplating rapper Lil Child carried out an anti-cop track, 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.