Friday, December 07, 2007
The One Thing The Academy Got Wrong...
What happened to Robin Thicke?
This is the puzzling question pop and R&B experts are asking about the list of the 50th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations. Requirements for GRAMMY nominations and award eligibility state that albums must be released during the Eligibility Year - which happened to be October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007. Robin Thicke's explosive urban/R&B album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke, was released on October 3, 2006.
The nominees in the R&B category, including Jill Scott, Tank, Dwele and Ryan Shaw, are startling when one compares it to the magnitude of Thicke's project. Not one time was Thicke nominated in a pop or R&B category this year - a massive misfortune on the Academy's part. Every last nominee in the R&B/urban categories are black...something Thicke is not. So do you think that was the problem?
One thing Thicke's single, Lost Without U, had over the other nominees is that it reached number one on the R&B charts and even reached number 14 pop. The album itself went to number 1 R&B and number 5 pop. Oh, but excuse me, the Academy doesn't just recognize best-sellers...they award quality and content. That probably explains why Crank That (Soulja Boy) was nominated for Best Rap Song. What marvelous content that is. Okay...maybe I should have changed the header's title. It should instead read "Two Things The Academy Got Wrong."
To read the official list of the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominations, click here.