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Do awards matter?

Macklemore performing live
Macklemore performing live
Photo by Hagen Hopkins

One of the rewards of making music that resonates with millions of fans all over the world is that you get rewarded for it. Artists make a lot of money and they even get awards for the effort they put into their music. Awards aren't why artists make music but it is a great way to thank them for all the hard work they put into their music. So what happens when the artist that was supposed to win doesn't win?

Nothing besides fans getting angry for being cheated out of seeing their favorite artist win an award. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won the Grammy for Best Rap Album for The Heist over Kendick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City. The problem with that was that most hip hop fans agreed that Kendrick Lamar deserved the accolade. Even Macklemore thought Kendrick was robbed of the award.

Macklemore is quoted saying to Kendrick in the text "You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have."

Something is wrong if even the winner of the award thinks he didn't deserve it. To make it worse, he thinks he robbed Kendrick of an award that he deserved.

The reason why Kendrick didn't win was because the Grammy's have a flawed system in how they decide winners. Someone without prior knowledge of hip hop is allowed to vote for hip hop categories no apparent reason. This hurts the Grammy's in many people's eyes and if it isn't fixed, the Grammy's will become just another award show.

Awards can't matter if the people giving them have no knowledge of the genre.Most avid hip hop fans agreed that Kendrick deserved the award more than Macklemore. Macklemore's album was more in between the line of a pop album but it still won the Best Rap Album. The Heist was even almost blacklisted from the Best Rap Album for having too much pop appeal.

Even if Kendrick didn't win a Grammy, his album will go down in history as one of the best rap albums in history.

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