Grammys: Hit or Miss
The Grammys recently announced a major first in its 54-year existence _ a segment devoted to dance/electronica music, featuring 2012 nominees Chris Brown, deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta and Lil Wayne. As expected, coverage of this news lit up the Internet and entertainment outlets, while another significant development relatively went unnoticed.
According to Presente.org, ‘insiders at the Recording Academy quietly eliminated 31 categories of awards from the Grammys this year. Awards for Latin Jazz, Regional Mexican, Banda, Tejano, and Norteño music were eliminated or consolidated, as well as awards for Native American, Hawaiian, and Cajun music.’ Hopefully, a petition to the Recording Academy and planned protest on Feb. 12 (Grammy night) will bring more attention to the matter in an attempt to reinstate the musical categories.
As for Grammy officials’ decision to finally acknowledge dance/electronica music during prime-time, I am not impressed. It leaves much to be desired for those of us who truly appreciate the complexity and richness of deep, soulful House music and underground dance culture. I wonder why talented DJs/producers like Louie Vega, Dennis Ferrer, Tony Humphries, Danny Krivit, Jellybean Benitez, David Morales, South Africa’s Black Coffee and so many other unsung heroes of the genre were overlooked for this special Grammy performance. Even the super-popular LMFAO (who seemed to be everywhere in 2011) didn’t make the cut.
Anyway, the music I’m talking about isn’t uber-trendy, watered down or synth-heavy ‘Jersey Shore’-ish party anthems. The masses may be fooled for the moment, but househeads like myself … we know the difference.
Presente.org petition: http://act.presente.org/sign/grammys/
Grammywatch.org protest: http://www.grammywatch.org/
Foo Fighters ‘Rope’ (Deadmau5 remix): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qnwtiC239g
Black Coffee featuring Hugh Masikela ‘We are One’ : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20uWH6LBHq0&feature=related
Josh Milan ‘Your Body’ (Louie Vega vocal mix): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvXzg_aiCHs
Wattie Green ‘Brazilian Heat’ (Bryan Jones remix): http://soundcloud.com/djbryanjones/wattie-green-brazilian-heat
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