cheapthrills wrote:I think voters tend to go with what is safe, which is why you might have a Norah or a Herbie or a Luther. I think voters find rap intimidating precisely because it can be so political. Or they just want to lump it all as one dumpster fire of a genre because they don't take the time to appreciate the differences that exist within the genre. But it is also a genre predominantly performed by black men. And when you have the pervasive racism that has existed in the US for decades, it's hard not to see this as yet another symptom.
It's just simple. They are not popular with the voting group, that's all.
It's crazy how many hip hop albums have the strongest stories and themes that are not even discussed in pop genres but they lose all graces and refinement (mostly fans) when they don't get the popularity vote. Aren't they supposed to be empowered and secure with themselves since they deliver 'powerful' messages and are considered to be of 'greater artistic value' after all?
The Grammys just like every contest out there votes for who they like, there is no criteria on how socially on point a song is. There is no percentage breakdown per lyric on how sensible a song is for it to be hailed as a winner.