You may have heard that the Grammy nominations were released this past week. It has some great choices from the committee, surprisingly enough. You've got nominations for extremely deserving artists such as Fiona Apple, Frank Ocean, Bjork, and Tom Waits. Even the Album of the Year award is a competition between hipster-approved bands such as The Black Keys, Fun., Jack White, and the aforementioned Ocean.
So who could possibly be upset this year? The Grammys got it right for once, mostly leaving out bullshit nominations for the latest fad of the day, right? Well, not if you're Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and Grizzly Bear front man Ed Droste.
Those two might seem to make strange bedfellows, but they're the two biggest names complaining about the Grammys right now and it's not because they think the artists who got nominated aren't deserving per se. It's just that Braun and Droste think Bieber and Grizzly Bear are more deserving.
For his part, Droste went on a Tweet-spree, claiming the Grammys are based on who sells the most records and then demanding the secret of getting nominated from his friend and Clown Prince of Hipster Doofuses, Bon Iver. Bon Iver stood up for him and said "fuck you" to the Grammys. It's been a year, so he's allowed to start hating on them again.
Braun, meanwhile, went off on his own Twitter rant to congratulate Carly Rae Jepsen on her two nominations for "Call Me Maybe," before calling out the Grammy board for snubbing Justin Bieber because, according to him, Bieber earned it just as much as anyone else. JB has kept quiet on the matter himself.
Yeesh, where's Kanye West to jump onstage and tell everybody Grizzly Bear had one of the best videos of all time when you need him? I suppose Droste and Braun will have to do their own stage-crashing this year.
Anyway, I'm sure Biebs and the Grizz both worked pretty damn hard on their music and touring. And I'll cop to it, I even like "Boyfriend," although I liked it a lot better when it was any Justin Timberlake song. But should we really feel bad for these two here?
First off, how many great bands throughout history have missed out on winning Grammys? Let's just call out the big one: Led Zeppelin. And Rush has been nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times since 1991 and has lost every time; then they got nominated for Best Music Video Long Form and lost to the fucking Doors. Let's not even start on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame discussion either...
The point is, are Braun and Droste really so desperate for validation that they think a Grammy really matters? Did not enough people put Shields on their Best Albums of 2012 list to satisfy Grizzly Bear?
If the art is really what's important, which is implied by Droste claiming the Grammys are awarded based on records sold, then what difference does it make to the art if you have a golden phonograph you can use to pat yourself on the back?
I'm just going to call this out for what it is: Sour grapes. People's egos get hurt so easily in this business, but the simple fact is that the award is really meaningless and if a record is good it will be beloved and remembered for its merits, not because it won a Grammy.
Only time will tell if Shields or Believe will remain relevant in years to come, but it's pretty unlikely anyone will remember who won Record of the Year in 2012. I don't even remember who won Record of the Year the past two years.
In any case, if these two are really upset about this, then they can pull an ODB on February 10 of next year.
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