I'm so tired. It's all a tangled mess of decades of disenfranchising by an industry that pulls in women, BIPOC, and queer creators when they need specific viewer demographics, or to make up for blatant prejudice at past ceremonies.
Simultaneously, The Grammys positioned themselves as the only music award body with a shred of credibility. Music listeners give less shits than ever about the VMAs, American Music Awards, and the Billboard awards. The Grammy has always been 'music's biggest prize' but that's also when there was less access to music. Award shows in general used to be event television because they aired live, you couldn't stream your favorite show instead, and the industry felt smaller because of it. The wider the industry gets, the less relevant this slice becomes.
I'm not saying they haven't made improvements, but the Grammy voting base's penchant for white rock male musicians has been there for as long as I can remember. Maybe it will change as new generations of music professionals make up the voting body, but the increase in nominees per category unfortunately does a disservice to some musicians because their votes are split by the progressive/younger/diverse voters. I wish they'd publish the actual percentages because I'm willing to bet Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, and maybe Adele split votes enough to give Harry the win. I haven't listened to his album so I can't call him undeserving but it's hard to imagine it having a 1/10th of the ambition, creativity, and mastery that RENAISSANCE has.
I don't like saying the Grammys don't matter because clearly based on some of the heartfelt speeches, they do to some of these artists. I don't think we should be writing them off completely because one album didn't win, but I just really really want them to do better and think about the infrastructure behind how these awards are given out.