How To Fix The Grammys

Grammys: 5 suggestions for making awards matter: Aidin Vaziri | Hoping to dust up some much-needed excitement around its annual industry rodeo, a few years back the Recording Academy did away with the idea of boring old news conferences to announce its list of nominees and replaced it with “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! – Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night,” an hourlong special from the Staples Center in Los Angeles that will air on CBS. The bash might make the process of reading names infinitely more exciting with the promise of double exclamation-mark-worthy performances by the likes of Justin Bieber, B.o.B., Miranda Lambert, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. But it doesn’t address the fundamental problem with the nominations, which as the strictly Top 40 headliners reveal, still favor bobble-headed pop stars designed to sell ring tones and lunchboxes over those who exhibit any kind of actual artistic integrity.
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