So the nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards were announced recently, and Psy‘s name was missing from the list even though he arguably had the hit song of the year in “Gangnam Style“.
From what I’ve observed people in the K-pop fandom are sort of freaking out about it, one way or the other, with one group of people flying off the handle about racism and another group of people saying that the Grammys are meant for artistry and songwriting and all that shit. Personally, I’m in the middle, as you would expect, as I feel that he probably should have got a nod by the current standards of the Grammys, but I also can’t seriously argue that he deserves it with a straight face.
For the people arguing that the Grammys did the right thing in denying him a nomination because they are all about artistry and talent and yadayadayada, fucking spare me. Even prestigious awards like these are still basically pop music awards, so it’s not like they’ve ever really been out there to recognize the most talented or most artistic people of the year in the industry. This year’s proof? Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” is there, so spare me the rhetoric about how he didn’t get a nom because they are trying to protect the integrity and sanctity of the event.
With that said, I can’t get pissed about the snub either. Why? Because if it were up to me, artists like Carly Rae Jepsen would never be there to begin with (and I enjoyed that song immensely), so I would look like an assclown if I argued for Psy while being against the inclusion of those whose resume for nomination boils down to popularity. I mean, it’s not like I’m the only one who feels this way about the Grammys either. Regardless, the point remains that I can’t agree with the Grammy critics and then rally around and get mad about Psy getting snubbed with any type of seriousness, so I’m forced to not care, which is the same approach I take to Grammy Awards every other year.