The Grammy Awards Haven’t Been This White Since the Early 80s

Vocativ has created a graph that shows Grammy nominations by race for best record, album, song, and new artist. There were three years where nominations for black artists exceeded those for white artists. Nominations for latino and other artists has consistently been very low. Nominations for white artists are currently headed toward record highs.

The curved line is the trendline, the light jagged lines show the actual numbers:

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24 Responses

    • Rap Was Over in 1992.

      Rap will never be abandoned by the mass media. It has created more ignorance, misguided anger and less true threats to the status quo than any so-called revolutionary music trend ever.

      Bob Marley, John Lennon, Joe Strummer and many others were all replaced by the music of materialistic selfish ignorance. Public Enemy was given its day in the sun, and then shut down for good. Clear Channel rules the airwaves and nothing of political import will get out. That was supposed to be rap’s job, to make up for its clear lack of musical depth. Now, we’ve got no depth and no threat. Plus we’ve exported this ignorant criminal grunting overseas to rot the mind of the planet as well.

      Jay-Z? please. Being a fan of his is like being a fan of the CEO of General Electric. Worthless.

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      • Versus

        Point taken. However, I was referring to hip-hop’s decline in sales of late.

        Also, hip-hop/rap does not necessarily need to present ignorant and hateful views. There could always be a return to positivity in the music (hope springs eternal).

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      • The Freshest Kid

        Yes, RAP WAS OVER IN 1992. it died and became Hip Hop.
        Your other statements are all false, narrow-minded straw man arguments.

        – Rap will never be abandoned by the mass media.

        Neither will Rock, jazz, or anything that sells product and concert tickets.
        Trends in music come and go…and come back (check Joey Badass cribbing 90’s style golden era type beats and lyrics mashed with future funk and beyond). Rap, jazz, rock will die and be reborn with every generation who thinks they are not being heard by previous generation (and to get chicks).

        – It (Rap) has created more ignorance, misguided anger and less true threats to the status quo than any so-called revolutionary music trend ever.

        In fact, it changed the ‘status quo’ by creating a whole new industry that didn’t exist before 1979. It saved the music industry TWICE (1979, 1992),
        allowed a truly grass roots social movement to have a voice in local politics as well as transforming the politics of mob tactic-business, giving many disenfranchised artists / entreprneuers the inspiration to create D.I.Y. businesses (Def Jam, Roccafella, etc). If thats not revolutionary to you, you need to re-read the dictionary to reacquaint yourself with what that means.

        – Bob Marley, John Lennon, Joe Strummer and many others were all replaced by the music of materialistic selfish ignorance.

        Well, Marley and Lennon died young and popular while their music (including the Clash) continues to sell in the millions and gain new fans worldwide every year. No one has forgotten about any of them (they were/are also all sampled by hip hop producers). So, no, they weren’t ‘replaced’ by Rap. Keep in mind Rock has produced plenty of selfish, materialistic songs and artists. That mindset didn’t start with Hip Hop.

        – Public Enemy was given its day in the sun, and then shut down for good.

        Uhh.. You better not tell that to Chuck. P.E. are more popular than ever and still touring (and selling product, Def Jam just dropped a career retrospective collection featuring every P/E/ song).
        They weren’t given anything. Like most innovative artists, they CREATED their day in the sun and it’s still shining for them, proving you don’t need to keep cranking out hits to remain relevant (ask Prince).

        – Clear Channel rules the airwaves and nothing of political import will get out.

        Uhh.. newsflash on your black & white TV, the revolution is on the web (y’know, that thing you sent this misguided message through). Who cares about a dying radio conglomerate when I can get all the revolutionary, subversive conscious lyrics I need annotated on rapgenius.com (Rick Rubin’s a fan and regular contributor) Youtube has more riot inciting, revolutionary content than anyone thought would be allowed to flow freely in public. But, alas, people would rather be entertained by planking and piano playing parakeet videos than be enlightened on the details of their corrupt political system, and It’s ALWAYS been this way. Again, don’t blame Rap for this.

        – That was supposed to be rap’s job, to make up for its clear lack of musical depth. Now, we’ve got no depth and no threat.

        Actually, NO. From the get go, Rap’s designated ‘job’ was to ROCK THE PARTY (which it still does) REGARDLESS OF RACE, ECONOMIC or SOCIAL STATUS.
        ‘lack of musical depth’ was a term invented by music critics to make themselves seem essential to the process of
        determining who does and who doesn’t have it… There’s shallow and deep in all kinds of music.

        – Plus we’ve exported this ignorant criminal grunting overseas to rot the mind of the planet as well.

        Hip Hop has built cultural bridges were no one (especially rock critics and politicians) thought possible.
        When I go to Madagascar, Zurich, Moscow, Sierra Leone or Helsinki and I hear kids and adults reciting lyrics by Wyclef (obviously, no thug) or Common or Kanye (even though his last great song was ‘Jesus Walks’) I know hip hop has the power to create more cross cultural goodwill, understanding and empathy than ignorance and evil. Coca Cola is rotting the minds (and teeth) of the planet, not Hip Hop.

        – Jay-Z? please. Being a fan of his is like being a fan of the CEO of General Electric. Worthless.
        No argument here.

        Suggestion; Leave rap alone and expand your Hip Hop menu.

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  1. Tone

    All this bitching about the Grammys is starting to annoy me. People act like it’s a conspiracy or something. The truth is, the hip-hop community generally doesn’t give a shit about the association and there’s not many artists who are registered to vote. If the hip-hop community is unhappy about the Grammys, why don’t they organize and get their artists to join as voting members? It’s not very difficult.

    Btw, I’ve been working in the hip-hop community for 13+ years. I’m also a NARAS voting member. I’m just really tired of people complaining about the Grammys and it’s lack of hip-hop representation. The problem can be fixed if the artists got organized.

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    • gtrboy

      TONE has it right. Get involved, find out how the process works, vote for your artist. Do you think Beck would have won if everyone in Beyonce’s camp had voted?

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    • Suxnet

      Compare rap to jazz, blues, rock, reggae, or any real music form. Rap is C-RAP put out by moonlighting criminals. It’s a disaster for music, but the elites love the way it makes people stupid, along with blunts.

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      • Versus

        It’s a mystery how people can be so willfully blind. Years of so many girls requesting/listening/dancing/to hip-hop with misogynistic lyrics. How is this possible? If questioned, the answer is usually something like “I don’t listen to the lyrics” or “I just like the beat”.

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  2. Aj

    Whats new??Thats every year the voters are old and mostly white and never listen to all genres of music..

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  3. FarePlay

    So for the first time EVER they actually talked about the serious financial problems musicians and songwriters are facing on a major televised music awards show and you’re posting an article about racial inequality in the voting process?

    Pathetic.

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  4. Esol Esek

    Neither Beck, Beyonce, or Kanye ever deserved a grammy….EVER. They’re all more public manipulators than musicians or natural talents, particularly at vocals, and they’re all supposed to be lead singers. Give me a break. They’re all horrid.

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    • Versus

      Beck may not be the most technically gifted singer, but he is a fine vocal stylist, and multi-instrumentalist, and writer . This particular album was among the weaker ones; listen to something like “Sea Change” to give his creative vision a fair shake. Whether his work is to one’s taste is one question, but I would certainly give him the benefit of the doubt in that he has “artistry”.

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  5. Name2

    Just Googled it. (Google haters, please proceed to Alta Vista for all of your searching. Thanks.)

    So… the head of Sony/ATV accepts an award and says he wants more money. LOLz.

    Now I wish I had DVR’ed this thing.

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