By Nicole McCambridge
One year after the infamous #OscarsSoWhite, the Grammy’s are celebrating a diverse list of nominees and performers.
The nominees for “Best Album” include Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars. All deserving, artistic albums. It’s the first time since 1999 that no white men have been nominated.
When discussing this, some people honestly get mad about the lack of white recognition. But this isn’t about the lack of whiteness. It’s about the celebration of diversity. In this era of torch-wielding supremacist rallies and Trump’s casual racism, The Grammy’s are taking a stand and caring about artists of color.
Another important milestone, is the celebration of latin culture. Despacito, from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, is the first song sung entirely in Spanish to be nominated “Record of the Year”.
So, Recording Academy, thank you. Thank you for showing us that in a time when people are trying to separate us by color or language, you will not stand for it. Thank you for celebrating good music and great artists. Thank you for celebrating diversity.
And to those of you who are upset about it- that’s cool. Throw on your favorite record of Klan chants and forget The Grammy’s are even happening.
If an artist has to have your same skin color in order for you to like them, that’s your problem. The rest of America is trying to grow together and succeed. It won’t happen for a long time, but eventually, we will leave you behind. You will remain powerless in your hate.
America is changing.
At the Golden Globes everyone donned black gowns and spoke the words “Time’s Up”. They used their platform to enact change. Artists attending the Grammy’s are planning to wear white roses for the same protest. So why, during this time of immense change, are people still fighting back? Why do they want to keep change as far away as they can? The answer is easy.
Something as simple as a diverse list of musicians, being recognized for their skill, is enough to scare a bigot into a corner of angry Facebook comments.They fear hispanic songs and black musicians because it is a sign that their world is being turned around. They are no longer going to be the head.
One year after the Oscars were ridiculed for only celebrating white filmmakers, the Grammy’s are showing real change.
One award ceremony ago people dressed in black. The Grammy’s are following suit.
One nation needs to understand that the world is changing and we need to embrace the change. We need to welcome it with open arms and a loving heart. Most importantly, we need to understand that an award is not enough.
Five diverse people nominated for best album does not mean racism has been defeated. It just means we have a lot more way to go. But the music is a start.
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