Grammy Awards: American Idol’s Bragging Rights

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

Congratulations to both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, two Idol winners who still manage to give the show its credibility, when they won more Grammy awards last night.

carrie-underwood-grammys-2013-press-room-apWatching how both singers have aged gracefully since their Idol debuts, it’s no wonder the show is doing everything in their power to get another female winner (don’t tell me you didn’t get from last week’s Hollywood rounds just how bloody awful the male contestants were and how I imagine the female contestants this week WILL be edited to look like they blow them away). For whatever reason, all the female contestants (winners and finalists) from Idol are just at the top of their game, while the male contestants (yes, including our David) continue to struggle.

My theory: due to the inherent bias in Idol voters to gravitate toward cute and competent male contestants (or male contestants that impress with their guitars), it’s obvious that a female contestant has to have EXTRA to win (both Kelly and Carrie had extra, which carried them to victory).  Seeing as how white-guys-with-guitars are ONLY successful as front guys for bands and NOT as solo artists, Idol producers really have to figure out how to get back to their former glory and crown a girl after five long years of the same type of winner.

Not that I’m wringing my hands for them, mind you. Had they rightfully supported David Archuleta instead of undermining him while he was on the show (with those ridiculous stage-dad rumor leaks), they wouldn’t be trying to dig themselves out from all these WGWG winners that at best have only been able to produce for them one-hit wonders.

So, having noticed who goes on to big and bright things after the show (white and black girls who can sing ala Kelly, JHud, and Carrie) versus those who get their one hit song and then struggle to climb back up (all the guys), what exactly does David need to do to really position himself for critical acclaim (not even going to talk about charting the Billboards at this point, just the potential for winning things like Grammy Awards)?

Here’s my next poll, Soul Davidians!

Posted on February 11, 2013, in American Idol, music, polls. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I went with album (although I think I’m the only one that picked that at this point lol). Obviously my preference would be for all of the above but since the question was specifically about a Grammy, I think the killer album would get him there. There are lots of people without killer management to get their music to the masses who still win Grammys. The Grammys are actually kind of famous for leaning toward those who have not gotten the most commercial success, as opposed to what you see at other industry award shows.

  2. One more thing I’d add to the list, a producer who can get David to project some of his “live” voice into his sound recordings.

  3. On a related note, Rihanna got her 1st Grammy for the song “Umbrella”. When it was written, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige (and possibly Beyonce) were also being considered to sing it. Back then, Bey was still being managed by her dad. JayZ is obviously a powerful manager, producer, etc., because he was able to get the song for his protege, Rihanna. In this case, she had a killer manager and a killer song.

  4. I would be over the moon if David hooked up with Adele’s producer Paul Epworth! :)

  5. David’s single will already be out on iTunes tomorrow.

  6. My answer is none of the above. David has never received much love from the critics. Certainly not from the idol critics. Go to iTunes, search for CFTH, and read the review. That will tell you all you need to know about how hard it will be for him to get critical acclaim.

    In order to get an invitation to perform at the grammys…Here’s the most likeliest of scenarios. Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell simultaneously get the tragic news that they have an inoperable brain tumor. They host Rockin’ New Year’s Eve (or whatever that show is called) together, announce the news, and openly weep as the ball drops. Then they tragically expire a few days before the grammy telecast. At last, David is invited to perform a tribute — along with every other idol who ever walked the idol stage.

    • Great post hg. I picked all the above and desertrat was right I would add a great producer. Adele’s producer would be great. David’s needs all of them to get a Grammy and he needs the strong desire to get one too. David has never had “all the above.” That was a big part of his problem and will continue to be if he does not have all of them when he returns. We all know David has the talent but if obviously takes more than that. Good news about the single being out on iTunes. If you have no or low expectations like I do then there will be no disappointment.

    • Are in even a fan?!?!?!?!?

  7. David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie
    Don’t Run Away available NOW on @iTunesmusic —> http://iTunes.apple.com/us/album/don't-run-away-single/id601766483?ls=1 … Whose already purchased their copy? (KS)

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