Originally Posted by bermuda
It seems like I end up explaining this every year around this time...
The Grammy nominees and winners are chosen by members of NARAS - producers, writers, artists, musicians, label execs, engineers, etc. The public doesn't vote, the network doesn't have a say, and winning isn't based on sales. And while it is not a popularity contest, a nominee with the support of the most Academy voting members wins, so there's an implied preference by labels and musicians for the artists they work with.
So don't blame the fans, or the producers of the broadcast... blame the people in the industry who do the nominating and voting.
Having been a voting member of NARAS for almost 15 years, I was part of the somewhat incestuous process, but I voted carefully, and without an agenda... except where my boss was nominated. Hey, everyone else was doing it!
Sorry, Bermuda. I haven't been on here all that long. I know it's not up to the public. There's a board for all of these awards, but there it seems quite obvious that it's all politics. Honestly, the biggest disappointments seem to be in the popular categories, (Best New Artist, Best Song, Best Album, Best Rap... Best Rock...)
Just really painful to watch or hear about.