Wednesday, 29 January 2014

NEWS: India Arie Slams Grammys For 'Robbing' Black Artistes in an OPEN LETTER [a must read]

India.Arie (born India Arie Simpson; October 3, 1975)
is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter,
musician, and record producer. She has sold over 3.3
million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She
has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations,
including Best R&B Album.

In this lengthy open letter shared on her Tumblr, the
singer shared her thoughts on the lack of Black faces on
stage and the artists that were snubbed by the recording
academy at the just concluded Grammy awards.
Read full letter below...

@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the
only one who was robbed. Personally, I was pleased
he was able to perform and they KILLED! IT! One of
the FEW moving moments of the night for ME.
Though it's called "Music industries biggest night" the
#Grammys are NOT about the music, it's a popularity
contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on
name recognition alone - the music industry politics is
a whole NUTHER conversation. Too much to go into
The American Music Awards has a show that awards
sales and popularity - the #Grammys are SAID to be
about the music.
If the hip hop community voted on hip hop - r&b
COMMUNITY the same - same for each category -
we'd see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We
all know that's just not the way it goes.
NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music.
Where was the black music community represented
in last nights #Grammy show? Performers and
Winners (or not) … Where were the black artists?
And this isn't the first time the #Grammy's has had a
show all but excluding young black America and black
artists in general, although we set the worlds musical
trends. Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement
awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved
to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other
artists were on stage TWICE?
The truth is in a perfect world diversity would matter,
and respect would be rampant, but the TRUTH is,
The #Grammys is a television show, and in THAT
world ratings reign supreme. So, in general, bigger
names take the stage, and sadly the biggest names
often times ARE BIGGER drawn along racial lines
from the release of an album. i.e. marketing dollars,
and just general support. It's unfortunate.
I don't even get surprised any more, but, it still hits my
sense of fairness, because I KNOW many of the
artists who are overlooked. I LIVE in that world. We
keep showing up and subjecting ourselves to the
game, hoping MAYBE we'll win. I was so HAPPY to
see @Kendricklamar take that stage - because it is a
FORM of winning, at LEAST, he was SEEN.
Speaking of diversity, congratulations to my
PERSONAL favorite albums of the year - @I_
GregoryPorter #LiquidSpirit @Realsnarkypuppy and
@lalahhathaway on your win and THANK YOU! @
pharrell for acting RIGHT in the presence of the
greatness that is @Nilerodgers and #StevieWonder
Love to all #SoulBirdsWorldWide
P.S. No mention of Nelson Mandela at ALL? … and
THIS is why we NEED the Image Awards AND the
BET awards.


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