Grammys or Scammys?

Are these music awards a scam?


The Grammy Awards are one of the biggest nights of the year for the music industry. The Recording Academy members are in charge of which artist gets to take an award to celebrate their musical talents. The Grammys are arguably some of the most prestigious awards to be offered towards the artists of the music industry. However, over the past few years there has been controversy attached to the awards program. 

People have been starting to believe that the Grammys are scammed due to the shocking list of artists who have yet to receive one or not receive an award for an amazing album/song. The common questions that can be asked that suggest corruption of the Grammys are “Can you believe Nicki Minaj, ‘The Queen of Rap’, has never won a Grammy?”, “Why did ‘Reputation’ by Taylor Swift not win a Grammy or even get nominated for one?” and, “Why doesn’t Ariana Grande have more Grammys?” The amount of conspiracy arising towards the name of the Grammy Awards is only increasing. 

Although the speculation started many years prior, there was some speculation after the 2020 Grammy Awards.The questioning that year involved Billie Ellish winning five awards, beating out singers like Ariana Grande and Lana Del Ray. The fans of artists who lost to Ellish were not happy about her triumph against the other musicians. The Grammy Awards have a history of music fans being angered by the artists being snubbed from an award. For example, Adele’s victory over Beyonce for “Album of the Year” in 2017. Adele’s win certainly disappointed many, believing Beyonce was robbed. There are some viewers of the show who have admitted to giving up and no longer watching after these incidents have happened. The fans have also strung up a conspiracy theory about the artists who they believe deserve an award and the Grammy Awards ceremony itself. The viewers believe that some artists are only nominated or invited just to improve the viewing numbers of the show, so the Grammy Association can make more money. These viewers think the Grammy Awards care more about generating revenue than musical talent.

The Grammys set to happen in 2021 have only supported the conspiracy of the Grammys being hoaxed. The Weeknd, among other artists, is incredibly disappointed about his work not being recognized at this year’s show. The Weeknd’s album “After Hours” was heavily recognized by other award shows after the release and arguably landed him the spot for this year’s Superbowl Halftime Show. The artist was not pleased about his album not getting the recognition he feels it deserves, so he took to twitter to call out the Recording Academy. The Weeknd tweeted, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”. There were large sums of people who could only side with him after the success his album had gotten so far and the problematic Grammy history. The Recording Academy chief responded by sympathizing with the Weeknd. The Recording Academy chief continued by stating that there are not enough awards for the number of hard working artists. His response only inflates the corruption rumors concerning the Grammy Awards.

The concept of The Grammys being scammed has been floating in the air for a while now. The opinions of the unfairness of the awards are split because some believe and trust in the Recording Academy to respectfully award the artists. Meanwhile, others believe that the Grammys are scammed and rigged by the Recording Academy. There is a large population of people who believe that nominees are only chosen to earn the Grammy Awards more money and have nothing to do with talent. The Grammy Awards are still continuing to face these accusations of corruption year after year of ceremonies.