Macklemore and Ryan Lewis cleaned up at the Grammys, between them they won four awards;Best Rap Performance for Thrift Shop, Best Rap Album for The Heist, Best New Artist and Best Rap Song for Thrift Shop (no, honestly). In the process they beat exceptional opposition including Kanye, Kendrick, Jay Z and Drake, four of the biggest and best rappers with four of the biggest but not best albums, bar Kendrick.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Macklemore and his album, but it’s not just this abomination that songs like Thrift Shop is deemed better than New Slaves, it’s also the other categories they triumphed in. Best New Artist? How? Their album was released in October 2012 and it’s only due to their infectious singles that they are even considered ‘new’ and remain the slightest bit relevant, well over a year later. However, with this, it can’t be one criticism for Macklemore and another for other artists, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran were both nominated for the same category of ‘Best New Artist’, with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City being released in the same month as The Heist and Sheeran’s only ‘new’ quality being that recent [horrible] Taylor Swift collaboration. This would leave the only true nominees Kasey Musgraves (God knows) and James Blake. This leaves the nominees, let alone the winner to be flawed and down to a matter of what is classed as ‘new’.
Further criticisms come from Daft Punk’s various triumphs; Random Access Memories is simply not Album of The Year, it isn’t. I’d have preferred and would agree if Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were to have won in this category than the ones they did over Daft Punk. However, Get Lucky may be a rightful winner of Record of the Year with only the close competitor really being Robin Thicke with Blurred Lines.
And as if these were all enough to annoy avid music fans, just look at the nominations for Song of The Year: Katy Perry’s Roar, Lorde’s Royals, Just Give Me A Reason by P!nk (really?) Macklemore once again for Same Love, and Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars. With these five songs having the opportunity of a grammy, who really gave a shit?
The only justification and rightful assigning of a Grammy award this year was Producer of The Year, Non Classical – Pharrell. Thank God he won this award, then again, who would? Rob Cavallo? Jeff Tweedy? Yeah right. After releasing a masterpiece like Good Kid, M.A.A.D City it would seem that Kendrick Lamar’s only hope of ever getting a Grammy is if Daft Punk were to produce it or to be featured on Macklemore’s latest single or sophomore album. What a shame.