And the award goes to…

In honor of the Grammys tonight, let’s see how the media is going to tune in.

The Grammys are an annual award show that recognizes the hard work and achievements of those in the music industry. This award show has been celebrating artists for over 50 years, so you would think the media would focus on the actual musical content, right? Well, that is somewhat correct. They like to focus on everything that the company is doing wrong. Oh, and let’s not forget how important the celebrity outfits are! This HitFix article explains what it takes for artists to become nominees and winners of a Grammy. It discusses the long process that members and record companies take to determine the winners. The media, however, does not really see eye to eye with this method of choosing a winner.

The media likes to find any problem that they can with how certain things operate and then attempt to fix it. An article by Billboard lists ways to apparently improve the Grammys, or in this case, what they don’t like. Majority of other award shows allow fans to vote for who they think should win. Although I agree with active participation from the fans, I do think that this particular company method is appropriate for the Grammys. It allows artists to receive recognition for their work, rather than it just being a huge popularity contest.

Now, let’s get to the real reason the media pays attention to the Grammys! Sadly, it is not really because of the music; it is what everyone on the red carpet is wearing. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is important to look good while accepting an award, but does it really deserve countless articles? The Rolling Stone website expressed their thoughts on how they felt toward celebrity fashion at last year’s Grammy awards stating “To be honest, we were hoping for more”. Well, to be honest, I don’t think people care that much. Hopefully with this years Grammys, the media focuses a little bit more on praising the award winners instead of arguing why someone else should have won or how hideous their outfit is.

What do you guys think of the Grammy awards? And will you be watching tonight?

Just so you know, the nominees are..

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5 thoughts on “And the award goes to…

  1. I’m not a fan of award shows for this exact reason. The media is never focused on the actual award show and what it’s about. It’s always about what people are wearing or who they came with. It’s just ugly and not what it’s supposed to be about. I really liked your reference to many articles, it made it a lot easier for me to see what “They Say” and get many different perspectives.

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  2. I am also not a huge fan of award shows like the Grammy’s… I had no clue they were tonight! However, this was a very helpful and in-depth explanation of many of the issues that arise with media and the real reason for the show in the first place. I completely agree that the focus should be on the winners and music instead of “Who wore it better?” I thought his post was great and I really enjoyed reading it! I feel a lot more educated on the topic than I was before reading it.

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  3. I agree, award shows have turned into one big fashion show, and frankly I don’t think the performers really care. I remember watching the Golden Globes and seeing a clip of an interviewer asking a celebrity what they were wearing and the celebrity looked annoyed and responded with a obviously scripted response. Like you said, it appears that the only people that seem to care are the media and the company that hosts the shows. I personally enjoy watching the performances and the outfits are usually just an added bonus.

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  4. I think you are completely right. There is a need for fashion when it comes to award shows, and why not make it another point of interest for the viewers of the show. But when fashion becomes the main point of interest in a show the rewards artists for their music, there’s a problem. I feel bad for the music industry, it loses its prestige and “art form” when the reward show doesn’t even focus on the actual music. This was a very enlightening post!

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  5. I actually watched the Grammys tonight and normally I don’t watch award shows but I wanted to be a part of the conversation. I think you’re when you mentioned that there is more focus on clothes than music. Even more than the clothes aspect, the music portion is even more devalued by the lack of appreciation that some artists gets. It does almost seem like a popularity contest instead of acknowledging who sells the most and makes the best music.

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