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Shadow Music: The Grammys as Evidence of a Parallel Music Industry

After restructuring categories and reducing the amount of awards in 2012, The Grammys now award even fewer deserving artists. By eliminating individual awards for male and female performers as well as some other categories, The Grammys now have a much more narrow field of winners, with a few artists taking home a lion's share of golden phonographs. 

We gave a look to about 30 categories and listed the winners of each. We divided the winners into 4 categories.

 A trend becomes obvious when you look at the winners and their orbit. “Music’s Biggest Night” is really just celebrities and the machine that creates and sustains them patting themselves on the back.  

The “parallel” music industry we mention describes a music industry with at least one distinct part that operates independently of the whole, and that is the segment highlighted in blue below. View the entire document here.

2018 - 60th Grammys

2018 - 60th Grammys

2014 - 56th Grammy Awards

2014 - 56th Grammy Awards

2010 - 52nd Grammy Awards

2010 - 52nd Grammy Awards

Sheryl Crow took to twitter to say reducing the amount of awards makes women's hurdles in music that much more difficult. But how about introducing more genre variety. Rock music has a distinction between Rock - Metal - Alternative (never a "punk" award), yet the Grammys have all of electronic music lumped together with dance.