If Everything's Racism, Nothing's Racism

United States
February 14, 2017 10:33am CST
So, does Adele winning Album of the Year at the Grammys really mean the awards ceremony is racist? That's what many people think. But Led Zeppelin didn't win a Grammy until 1999, and that wasn't even an official Grammy; it was a Hall of Fame Grammy, which is like a participation trophy. The Eagles lost in 1973 to America for Best New Artist. The entire history of the Grammys is about upsets, not about racism. It kinda seems like many people in America today want to force America to be in the 1950s, when we've already had a black president, a black Supreme Court justice, black mayors and Senators and Representatives and police chiefs and doctors and scientists. And some of the richest people in the history of the planet, the top 0.1% of the 1%, are black athletes and pop stars. So, I ask, why do people say it's racism every single time a black nominee doesn't win? We're not saying it's racism when a black person wins and a white person loses. No white person ever cries discrimination if they lose, to anyone. So, why, then, is racism the first thing some look at when a black person doesn't win? Could it be that Adele is responsible for writing her album, while Beyonce's album, Lemonade, was outsourced to 72 different writers? Could it be because Adele is a great singer, whereas Beyonce is more of an entertainer? The award wasn't for entertainer of the year; it was for album of the year. Maybe Grammy voters liked Adele's entire album, whereas they only liked Beyonce's singles. Adele went out of her way to virtue signal to show she wasn't racist. On the stage with over a dozen white people, she blurted out how her "black friends"--none of which could be seen--felt empowered and stood up for themselves because of a pop album from a pop star. Are we really supposed to pretend that Beyonce is in league with Martin Luther King, Jr.? I tell ya, it rakes my nerves, this stuff. I swear! If everything is racist, then nothing is racist. What say you? Was it racism, or do people just need to relax and realize that someone worth $250 million might not win every single award on the planet?
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@FourWalls (19934)
• United States
14 Feb 17
I was furious when I saw this headline on CNN. It's very ironic that this comes out after the show, because in the pre-show awards, host Margaret Cho commented in passing, "There'll never be a hashtag that says 'Grammys so white'" (a reference to the protests about the Oscars). She was soundly applauded for the very accurate statement. Now, let's look at a few facts (which always seem to get in the way of things like this). Beyonce, the so-called "snub" of "racism," is the 7th most-awarded Grammy artist in history. She has 22 Grammys. Also with 22 is Stevie Wonder, who's also black. The second highest number of Grammys won by one person in history is 27. There are two people with 27 Grammys. One is a woman (Alison Krauss); the other is a black man (Quincy Jones). In short, the argument is groundless and downright stupid. It's obviously about people in the media who want to perpetuate the notion that there's "always racism." Bull-bleep.
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• United States
14 Feb 17
Yes! You're right. It's groundless and stupid. The Grammys have never been racist. There have been a slew of incidents where someone less talented won. I mean, Led Zeppelin is one of the biggest bands ever, and they lost to Crosby, Stills and Nash, who had all the charisma of a turtle race.
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@JohnRoberts (84682)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Feb 17
As you say, African Americans have long held a huge share of Grammy wins considering they are just 14% of the population. Michael Jackson won how many the Thriller year?
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@JohnRoberts (84682)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Feb 17
This is reverse racism. It's not like Adele is some little white unknown or a ridiculous choice or old white geezer like Tony Bennett. She is a contemporary international superstar and her album was a monster seller hailed by fans and critics. This is like complaining Jack Nicholson robbed an Oscar from Denzel Washington.
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• United States
14 Feb 17
Yeah, there definitely wasn't anyone snubbed here or anything.
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@FourWalls (19934)
• United States
14 Feb 17
@matersfish -- I wonder if any of these news reports claiming racism have pointed out that Beyoncé WON TWO GRAMMYS Sunday.....
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@amadeo (97330)
• United States
14 Feb 17
they are all screaming about this and there.It does get sickening after awhile.this does not get any better.I thought that it would. But never fail someone is always piss about some.Same thing with the Actors. Adele was a good sport there as she was surprised.She gave half of the award to her. These people have so much wealth and they still complainWhat do they want.They need to snap out of it.Sickening
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• United States
14 Feb 17
I know. It's crazy. Beyonce is worth $250 million! I'm sure a gold-plated award isn't going to make or break her. It's the fans who wanted Beyonce to win who are looking for excuses.
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@MALUSE (51735)
• Germany
14 Feb 17
This is an American topic, so I'll keep my mouth shut.
• United States
14 Feb 17
Well, seeing as half of America believes that America is becoming 1940s Germany, I say Germans are more than welcome to comment on our pop culture! :)
@MALUSE (51735)
• Germany
14 Feb 17
@matersfish Better not. I don't believe that other peoples really want to get pieces of advice from Germans.
• United States
14 Feb 17
@MALUSE haha....well, everyone's free to comment on such things as the Grammys. They're not really "American." Adele is from English, isn't she?
@BelleStarr (46101)
• United States
14 Feb 17
I think overuse of the word racist has made it virtually meanless!! Both women are great, Adele has an amazing voice and I am glad it was recognized and she should not have to apologize for winning.
• United States
14 Feb 17
Yes, they're both good. I don't even like that type of music, but I can recognize talent. And you're right, racist is way overused!
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