With this year’s Grammy nominations, everyone was very excited about what seemed to be the *most* diverse crop of nominees the Recording Academy has ever produced. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for last night’s winners: All of the telecast’s winners, save newcomer Alessia Cara, were men.
With songs like “1-800-273-8255” By Logic (a song about suicide prevention) and Kesha’s “Praying” both getting nominations, it seemed that songs with a strong message were major moments in the 2017 music cycle. But neither song or artist won any trophies last night, and in the case of Kesha’s “Praying,” especially, fans are unhappy that the singer’s heartfelt comeback lost.
Kesha’s heartbreaking comeback single lost out to Ed Sheeran’s poppy “Shape of You,” for Best Pop Solo Performance and her album Rainbows lost to Sheeran for Best Pop Vocal Album. These two nominations were Kesha’s first ever, making her comeback in the light of her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke even more fitting, but when Sheeran (who wasn’t there) won over Kesha, even those who aren’t huge fans of the singer admitted there was a mistake in the academy’s choice.
Some fans pointed out that it appeared that the academy was only paying lip service to a value of diversity in its nominations.
Kesha’s moving Grammys performance moved many who watched it to tears. Even though she may not have taken home a trophy for her work in 2017, the star’s ability to take her absolute worst moments in life and create such a stirring song — and performance — prove that she didn’t need an award to be a real winner last night.
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