With each passing year, diversity continues to be an ongoing struggle in the Entertainment industry. Celebrities have been calling out the lack of representation for people of color at award shows; whether it be award snubs, like Beyonce losing out on album of the year for critically acclaimed albums, or straight up absence of POC nominees, as seen in the 2015 and 2016 Oscars, where the nominees for the four acting categories were all white.
On November 28th, the official nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards were released, and people were excited to see a noticeable shift in recognition of non-white artists. The smash hit “Despacito” became the first Spanish song nominated for Record of the Year, and the category for Best New Artist was visibly more diverse than last year, where all five nominees were caucasian. Perhaps the biggest breakthrough for the Grammys, however, was that for the first time in the history of its existence, not one of the nominees for “Album of the Year” was a white male.
It’s going to be a tight race, as the music produced this year not only gifted us with some real jams (think Childish Gambino’s “Redbone”, and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like”), but delivered some real commentary on important issues of today (like Logic’s 1-800-273-8255, and Jay-Z’s “Life of O.J.”). To see how it all plays out, tune in Sunday, January 28th to watch the 60th annual Grammy Awards!
– Lily Lowndes