Grimes Calls Out ‘Irrelevant’ Grammys, Defends Charli XCX
Count dust among many believe that Grammy Award is “very irrelevant.”
However, rather than expressing his disappointment over who won and who didn’t on Sunday night, Grimes’ criticism stemmed from the organization’s supposed behind-the-scenes politics. The art angel Musicians call Recording Academy on a Instagram post from Charli XCX, who (somewhat ironically) lamented the fact that she wasn’t nominated for a Grammy this year. “People don’t want to see hot bad girls grow,” Charli wrote.
Grimes, who has never been nominated for a Grammy, responded in a comment under Charli’s post: “The Grammys are so irrelevant that I don’t want to break a sweat.
“I even stopped following them in any capacity while I was on the producer panel of the year and they literally wouldn’t let me nominate anyone who wasn’t on the list. presets are particularly boring,” she continued. “I am one of three women and certainly the only one under 40. That’s really not a relevant thing. I tried to nominate Sophie and was told that was not allowed.”
Interestingly, Sophie is one of the artists Kim Petras honored in her acceptance speech during Sunday’s ceremony. While accepting the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her”not sacredIn collaboration with Sam Smith, Petras named the late transgender electronic musician, who worked with both Petras and Charli XCX before tragically passing away in 2021.
Of course, Grimes isn’t the first artist to call the Recording Academy and its supposed nomination practices shady. The Weeknd, who notably no longer submits his music for the Grammy Awards, tweeted after his severe 2020 derision, “The Grammy Awards are still rotten. You owe it to me, my fans, and transparency in the industry…” Then there was Zayn, who vent about a voting process that he said “allows bias, racism and political networks” to influence everything. And the former Halsey call out the organization’s “elusive process,” says, “It can often be about private performances behind the scenes, knowing the right people, campaigning through researchers, with the right handshake and ‘bribery’ can be vague enough to be considered ‘no bribe.’”
In recognition of its merits, the Recording Academy took steps in 2021 to overhaul the voting process by remove Its controversial “secret committees,” composed of anonymous voters, decided on nominations in key categories. That fact was first brought to public attention by the former CEO of the Recording Academy Deborah Duganwho said in 2020 after her ouster, “The Grammy voting process is ripe with corruption.”
Oh, well… Charli XCX will still be hotGrammy or no Grammy.