The 2021 Grammys were the talk of the town with fans angry at the major awards’ apparent unfairness and lack of diversity since the nominations were published in November last year.
Although female artists led the nominations this year, the Grammys seemed to forget the most important aspect of the music industry: inclusivity, in all its forms.
Exclusivity in some categories has not just upset fans. Celebrities have called out the Grammys for their lack of inclusion of some music genres.
Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) November 24, 2020
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Fuck the grammys and everyone associated. Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 9, 2021
Once again, the Grammys have managed to infuriate fans as they were left heartbroken seeing their favourite artists not winning the categories that they were nominated for, despite breaking records.
As it should Grammys had the audacity to put them front and center in all their advertisements, constantly tweet asking armys to watch the show and then snub bts. Not to forget that almost all the POC artist were shoved into the Pre-show and not the main.— Neha⁷ (@vante_kook_) March 14, 2021
They really brought Doja to the Grammys just to snub her and give her a 30 second performance like why🤔pic.twitter.com/HlyRg0U13J— minajtrollz (@minajtrollz) March 15, 2021
Despite the Grammys mentioning numerous times throughout the years the importance of celebrating every single type of music and who’s behind the songs, fans have pointed out how they close the doors to foreign and Black artists who made their way into the market and right to the top of the billboard charts.
It’s sad that so many talented and amazing artists go unnoticed and do not get the recognition they deserve just because they do not meet those “standards”. Yet the Grammys still talk about wanting to bring “diversity” into the music industry. What a lie— loki ☀️ (@ljpthebrave) March 15, 2021
Selena Quintanilla’s fans were disappointed at the tribute given to the Mexican singer who died in 1995 from a gunshot wound. Her fans claimed that the Grammys made a three-second tribute, which they felt was very disrespectful.
Needless to say, some artists did get justice and won several awards, from Taylor Swift winning Album of The Year for the third time, to Beyoncé becoming the female artist with the most Grammy awards with her 28th win.