As I sat in my dorm, working on some homework on my snow day off, I was somewhat excited for the Grammy awards later that evening. There was an interesting list of new, different artists recognized this year, and after Beck seemed to beat Beyonce out for "Album of the Year" just 12 months back, I was ready to see some more deserving artists take some wins.
I was also surprised to see that Florence + the Machine had been nominated for five Grammys. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful had received amazing feedback. Now 29-year-old Welch had taken a four-year hiatus after releasing Ceremonials in 2011, and she basically had to destroy her entire life and tear everything apart, seeing every aspect of her wrecked life in front of her eyes, in order to become inspired and produce the album.
However, it all started to go downhill. For the best Pop Vocal Album, it was not Welch, or even Mark Ronson, walking up to accept the golden statue.
It was Taylor Swift. Again.
Don't get me wrong. 1989 was a fantastic pop album; it earned the Album of the Year award, and Swift even picked up another Grammy for the best music video. I am not saying that her music is terrible, nor am I saying that she is not a good artist.
She is. Her songs are catchy, and though many of them refer to breakups, they hold a meaning bigger than just that. However, in recent situations, she has carried a lot of drama behind her, along with a lot of press attention. Too much, if you ask me.
Artists like Florence Welch, who carries her own voice and relies on a legitimate band (along with a punk harpist), creates music that is new, revolutionary, and still connected to past forms of music.
If you ask me, someone like her deserves a Grammy, and deserves to be recognized just once. It's sad to see that so many artists sit in the shadows, as pop culture--aka whatever is popular and carries the biggest "fan base"--continuously gets recognized.