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The Status Quo Coddles Justin Bieber at Esperanza Spalding’s Expense

February 16, 2011

Justin Bieber Was Not “Snubbed!”

The reason there are nominations is because it is a contest, similar, but not exactly like a foot race.  Would one say the second place finisher (or 3rd or 4th) in a foot race was snubbed or did she or he simply lose? Did someone tie Bieber’s shoelaces together?

To snub requires an active intent.  If there is not active intent, then most likely the person lost, or was forgotten, or passed over, or was not preferred, not considered, wasn’t a contender, etc………but, not snubbed.   To say one is snubbed when one hasn’t been snubbed is an excuse to create an artificial reality and to justify callousness and pain an artificial reality may create for others.

One must have power to snub and of course, The Grammys as an institution does have power, but that power was not used to snub Justin Bieber.  If so, he would not have received a nomination.

Record companies and individuals may submit recordings to be nominated. The entries are entered online and then a physical copy of the product must be sent to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Once a work is entered, reviewing sessions are held by over 150 experts from the recording industry. This is done only to determine whether or not a work is eligible or entered into the proper category for official nomination.

The resulting list is circulated to all NARAS members, each of whom may vote to nominate in the general field (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) and in no more than nine out of 30 other fields on their ballots. The five recordings that earn the most votes in each category become the nominees. There may be more than five nominees if there is a tie in the nomination process.

Voting for the actual winner is determined by ballots submitted by members of  NARAS, —which could consist of hundreds if not thousands of people. So to say that Bieber was snubbed is to imply that all those votes by NARAS members were part of a conspiracy against Bieber. As if Justin Bieber could not have possibly lost to a woman of color merely because those voting members thought her work superior to his.

People are crying as if Beiber was actually robbed!


Leave it to the British to come and save the white boy and then have the nerve to flaunt that they saved him. What a hyperbolic use of the word “FINALLY.”  [ALL CAPS] Finally! he receives an award like he is Susan Lucci. I am still rolling my eyes at the thought of him having an “autobiographical” type movie made about his life.  Has he even lived long enough to have a life worth memorializing in film?

To think/talk viscerally, let’s examine the Kanye West and Taylor Swift incident to Bieber and Spalding.  Not that the two are the same but there are some parallels and an opportunity to examine how the status quo mindlessly perpetuates the status quo. Why is it that the mass media was so quick to feel sorry for Taylor Swift, the quintessential young white woman  and demonize Kanye West (whether his personal behavior deserved scrutiny or not is another story, one that must be deconstructed through examining individual behavior vs. mindless structural behavior) for stealing Taylor’s thunder while remaining silent now about Bieber’s camp (with the help of the media) stealing Spalding’s thunder?  Where is the outrage on Spalding’s behalf?

Why isn’t the media interested in framing it as an “attack” on Spalding when they readily labeled it an attack on Swift?  Is one man (West) who physically shows up next to a white woman more powerful than an entire system of media that drones on endlessly?

  1. February 16, 2011 8:50 pm

    It is a new day, making loads of money automatically translates into being the most talented.


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