This year’s nominees are Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Lorde. Additionally, all five lines nominated for 2017′ s Preserve of the Year came from masters of color.
The Grammys have been under fire for the limited availability of diversification over its first year, so an absence of white-hot husbands in the top category this year could express a sea change in the organization.
Last year, the Grammys snubbed two creators of complexion — Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar — for Album of the Year, instead favoring white-hot female artists Adele and Taylor Swift. Many memorandum the enormity of Beyonce’s work in “Lemonade” and Lamar’s in “To Pimp A Butterfly.” Adele herself even were expressed over her winning, saying of Beyonce, “What the fucking does she have to do to earn book of the year? That’s how I feel.”
Fans have also been asking another awards practice — the Academy — to increase diversification of nominees.
At the Academy Awards in both 2015 and 2016, all 20 performers selected in the lead and corroborating acting lists were lily-white( which, as USA Today mentioned ,~ ATAGEND hadn’t happened since 1998 ). The shortfall of diversity sparked rage in the form of a trending Twitter hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, and countless fames boycotted the prove altogether.
It’s not clear if the Recording Academy voting representatives, which resolve the final nominations for the Grammys, judged last year’s devotee feedback in making this year’s selects. But as Vanity Fair mentioned, if Jay-Z triumphs for his 444 recording, just imagine his possible acceptance lecture after his wife’s study was passed over in 2016.