Dick Tracy reporting here. Sorry indie musicians hoping to catch the break I did. In my book, I describe myself as the ball that got between the legs of the Bill Buckners of the industry. Well, they lobbied hard, and got a much bigger glove. Our balls have just been cut off, and the dicks won.
The Academy met last week to “reevaluate” the system set up for determining who the lucky 5 will be to get nominated for Grammys in all categories.
It appears now that luck will have nothing to do with it, and neither will a democracy.
They have put together what they call a “Nominations Review Committee”.
It of course is their prerogative to make or change the rules. And in fact, these committees had been in place for certain categories so the suits could control, Cha-ching.
(The Grammys generated 28 million viewers this year!) (That’s almost how many albums I sold!)
When I was nominated, there was no “Nominations Review Committee” in Americana. I was honored by being chosen by a large number of voting members who had no clue who I was, and made their decision solely based on the music they heard. Wow, right?
Grammy viewing audience for the 54th was 39.9 million. (They must have heard rumors that I was going to perform.) Would you believe I actually thought I might be invited to play the year I was nominated? That’s a knee slappah!
(One last plug for Emotional Jukebox. Get it and see why I got the nod!)
If there had been a committee, I would have been cock blocked for sure.
What do these committees have the power to do? They take the top 15 artists voted in from the general members in the given category. Then they have 2 wild card slots. In other words, this select committee can actually suggest 2 artists that did not even get voted in at all. They are then considered for the top 5. So you could have the most votes, and not get in at all….and you could have the fewest, and get in! These members secretly vote from this list of 17 artists, to get the final five.
After my nomination, the following year, during the voting process, without releasing this information to hopeful musician/members wanting a chance at a slice of the pie, NARAS slipped in one of these National Review Committees, lets just call them NARCS. This was not just for Americana, but across the board in all roots categories. So any Folk, Blues, or Americana Artist out there hitting the pavement, banging their head against the wall, because anyone who sees them knows they “got it”, who has not been fortunate enough to be signed to a label….is OUT. (You are welcome.)
I was aware of this at the time, and called the press. Nobody gave a shit.
And interestingly enough, the year after I was nominated, another indie got through the legs of “EDM.” (Electronic Dance Music). And naturally they did not have this asinine committee.
Well, guess who has a committee this year according to the list below which came from the top of The Academy? Yup, EDM. How tragic it must have been, devastating, that one of the underdogs got some recognition for his work. THE SKY IS FALLING!! AHHHH! Call in a SWAT team! (Although, Grammy Nominee Al Walser didn’t receive death threats, like I did.)
NOTE: The information below conflicts with the link’s info, which shows that Dance/Electronica is still in the democracy category, as well as New Age. So, either they are in the process of NARCING these 2 categories, or one of the lists is just wrong. I will have to investigate further! Stay tuned.
And now folks, if you are in any of these categories and genres, you still have a chance to get nominated solely based on your craft and democracy: