Talent Wins Over Commercial Pop
Now I understand what those crazy tweets Kanye West posted were all about. The Grammys actually awarded genuine talent and rewarded indie artists over the major labels!
Arcade Fire, which took the top prize of Album of the Year with their The Suburbs, beat out the more popular acts Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Lady Antebellum, while jazz artist Esperanza Spalding (who Melinda Doolitte tweeted me personally to tell me how amazing she is – still Squeeing over that!) beat out Justin Bieber and Drake as Best New Artist. Check out her “Grooves” below:
Could such a turn-a-round mean something for music artists? Will they now feel empowered to cultivate substance over superficiality? Or, more importantly, do these wins now spell the inevitable death of autotune and electronic pop?
I mean, I would feel much better if David had been recognized among the nominees this year – that might indicate that the Grammys still prefer talent over commercialism (but then again, artists still need their labels and managers to actually promote them for recognitions such as these and not just for radio play).
I’m starting to feel like Kanye West after tonight: completely HOPEFUL for the state of music. Of course, maybe the whole Egyptian Revolution has everyone seeking change in every arena. 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone, and especially all my love for the sweetest most awesome “Valentine” there is: our lovely David Archuleta. Here’s my special tribute to our favorite balladeer from another awesome balladeer coming off of Idol: