The Grammys and issues of diversity and relevance in 2017


The Grammys were held this week. The annual music awards which seek to honor the achievements of musicians for the previous twelve months. However, this year, questions were raised about how diverse the awards are and whether they are indeed still culturally relevant. Artists such as Kanye West and Drake did not show up to the ceremony in protest, even though they were nominated, while Frank Ocean wrote on Tumblr that the awards are culturally biased. I spoke to Auckland University ethnomusicologist Dr. Kirsten Zemke about the Grammys and the issues swirling over their diversity and relevance.

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Dr. Kirsten Zemke on the Grammys

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