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 “largest outside occasion apart from the storming of the Capitol”, which, surprisingly, was about as political because the dyed within the wool lefty obtained. Black Lives Matter politics intruded just a little extra by among the artists and an obscene musical efficiency introduced applause from these in attendance.
The Tune of the Yr, “I Can’t Breathe”, went to the artist H.E.R. The tune was impressed by the demise of George Floyd. She credited her worry and ache for turning into change. She inspired others to maintain up the combat, “We’re the change we want to see and that combat that we had in us, the summer time of 2020, hold that very same vitality.” Ah, sure, the Summer season of Love that introduced all these “peaceable protests”. The fact of BLM riots, destruction of property, and demise and accidents to harmless individuals was not talked about.
Feminine rappers Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion carried out their tune “WAP” the specific lyrics of that are too nasty to explain right here. Their obscene act wasn’t a lot better. The ladies had been wearing scanty outfits, with the background dancers displaying most of their butt cheeks. There was plenty of twerking and graphically simulated sexual strikes, together with between the 2 ladies, 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 Govt 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 carefully and also you will hear a lot extra. Hearken to a singer-songwriter attempting to make their technique to the large metropolis, a child, hear hope, and heartbreak. To late nights within the studio to months on the highway, the silent uncertainty the following day. Hearken to the voices of your era, those who got here earlier than you, and those that are subsequent. Hearken to the signature sound of a fantastic producer, the backup singers who sing alongside whose names you might by no means know. Hear to like. To dedication put into each tune, each album. To the years of arduous work that go into each in a single day success. Hearken to the work life’s work of people that dedicate their lives to this work. The Recording Academy’s job is not simply handy out awards, it’s to take heed 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 turn 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 total music group to hitch in, work with us, not in opposition to us, as we construct a brand new recording academy that we are able to all be proud of. One that may proceed to do the work and serve everybody within the trade. And we would not get it proper one hundred pc of the time and we definitely will not have the ability to make all people blissful however we are going to present help in instances of want. We are going to protect music and educate the following era. We are going to advocate for the rights of all creators to verify they will proceed to earn a good residing making music. And we are going to arise for what’s proper and combat for larger range and extra equal illustration.
Quickly after, a graphic appeared at a business break reiterating the condemnation of “all types of racism, sexism, violence, anti-Semitism and hate:”
That is humorous, considering rapper Lil Baby performed an anti-cop song, 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 reveals are much less frequent. However the virtue-signaling from our betters within the leisure trade has not stopped. It’s rewarded with shiny trophies.