Grammy overhaul: Bad news for Beyonce?
The radical revamping of the Grammy Awards will reduce the number of categories from 109 at the last awards show to 78, and will achieve this in part by lumping various current categories into one. The move is getting mixed reactions. Below are some comments from our Grammy message boards. See more here.
Atypical: That's pretty awful to combine the male/female performance categories into a solo category like that, and then lump instrumental solo into that too and cap it at five nominees. Booooo. My head's spinning from all of this ish.
Beastialg: The unification of the pop categories will cause a massive migration of submissions to other categories, especially the dance ones. Pity, since I think a lot of great "under the radar" artists like Robyn or true dance electronica artists will have a harder time getting there.
Troy: Wow. People like Beyonce, Kanye, Alicia, better thank their lucky stars they have accumulated the number of Grammy's they have. This change is definitely going to make it more competitive and prevent artists from racking up 15 Grammy's in a short amount of time.
mjsbigblog: OMG I would NOT want to be around Beyonce when she sees this.
Criss808: THE BIGGEST SHOCK IN MUSIC OF 2011
Guru: Less categories and less nominees does not guarantee quality. All bets are off. No one is a front-runner.
DoubleD: I absolutely love this change. If you want to win a Grammy, then you'll have to earn it. Grammy voters have been nominating way too much garbage lately. I mean look at the forgettable filler that clogged up the pop, rock and R&B fields these past few years. Unfortunately, this change may make it harder for under the radar acts to win Grammys especially in the R&B field.
jbboy: Lumping in male/female vocalists into one category is the WORST decision the Grammys have ever made. Simply ridiculous.
Fighting4Justice: Let's give this a go and see how it works out. We've all been complaining that they needed to make some changes, and they did. Kudos to them.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Beyonce at the Grammys in 2008. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times