Artists Vs. Grammys: A Brief History of Boycotts and Beef

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The Weeknd isn’t the only one who’s been blinded by the lights of the Grammy nomination process. After he was snubbed by the Grammys for the 2021 season, the singer spoke out about how unfair the secret nomination process can be to top-performing artists.

After dropping a chart-topping album with After Hours and the most-streamed single of the last year with “Blinded by the Lights,” The Weeknd, his fans and other artists were disappointed to hear he hadn’t received a single Grammy nomination. This led to The Weeknd starting a boycott of the Grammys, which gained the support of other artists the likes of Zayn, Drake and Wiz Khalifa. The Grammy nominating board wasn’t here for the smoke and removed most of its secret review committees, a move which drew widespread criticism.

The Grammy nomination process has long been a pain in the ass for recording artists, especially for hip-hop artists starting all the way back in the ’80s. Here are some other artists who have either boycotted or called out the Grammys.

Kanye West
Would old Kanye have given his Grammy award a golden shower? New Kanye famously did just that in a September 2020 Twitter video, making his feelings on the Grammys clear with the caption, “Trust me … I WON’T STOP.” West has long been outspoken about the award wins and nominations (who could forget his Taylor Swift interruption?) and didn’t attend the Grammy ceremony in 2012 when his joint album with Jay Z, Otis, won Best Rap Performance. Jay Z, who’d also boycotted the award show in previous years, wasn’t there for the award either.

West has boycotted the awards in the past in solidarity with other artists. In 2017, he was nominated for eight awards but didn’t show up in support of Frank Ocean after the singer’s albums Blonde and Endless weren’t given nominations in any category.

Tyler, the Creator
Speaking backstage at the 2020 Grammys following his Best Rap Album win, Tyler, the Creator didn’t hold back on his disappointment for winning in the rap/urban category. The artist said he was grateful for the award but that having his music boxed into the category felt like “a backhanded compliment” and “a politically correct way to say the N-word.”

Though he didn’t boycott the Grammys, Tyler, the Creator did make statements denouncing the Grammy’s racial bias by consistently grouping Black artists into “urban” categories even when they fall into multiple musical genres.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj used the announcement of the 2021 Grammys to remind everyone she was snubbed for Best New Artist in 2012 when Bon Iver won the award over Minaj.

Minaj tweeted, “Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver.”

Ouch.

Eminem
Eminem has been on and off with his Grammy protests and boycotts since 2001, when he famously joined Elton John onstage to prove he didn’t actually hate the LGBTQ community despite the many homophobic lyrics in his catalog. Eminem’s performance with Elton John was meant to combat that criticism, but it didn’t entirely help, and angry protestors gathered outside the award venue.

In 2011, Eminem had 10 nominations but only took home two. As the years pass, Slim Shady seems to care less about the validation that comes from receiving awards. When he won Best Rap Album and Best Rap/ Sung Collaboration in 2015, he was a no-show.

Public Enemy
Chuck D, one member of hip-hop group Public Enemy, called out the Grammys for ousting the Recording Academy president Deborah Dougan 10 days before the 2020 award ceremony. Public Enemy received the Lifetime Achievement Award with a personal announcement from Dougan, so finding out the person who nominated them was removed days before their live acceptance of the award didn’t sit well with the group.

Public Enemy was one of the first artists to boycott the awards. This was in 1989, way before rap and hip-hop got any deserved recognition, and when rap first got a category as a music genre in the award show. Public Enemy refused to attend the ceremony once it was announced the rap nominations and awards would not be televised.

50 Cent
Of his 15 total nominations, 50 Cent has only won one, for a collaboration with Eminem and Dr. Dre. Even at the height of his career in 2004 with 14 nominations for his debut, he was snubbed from any wins. That year, the rapper publicly said he’d never go to the Grammys again.

Fast forward to 2020, when 50 caught a stray snub for the posthumous Pop Smoke album he executive- produced. 50 said he had a feeling the album wouldn’t receive any awards because of how similar it was to his own musical work. He was right; Pop Smoke’s album didn’t make its way into the nominations for Best Rap Album in 2021. In a deleted Instagram post, 50 described the Grammys as “out of touch.”

Wolfgang Van Halen
Speaking of out of touch, one embarrassing and sad moment in the awards’ history came with Eddie Van Halen’s In Memoriam segment at the 2021 Grammys. Wolfgang Van Halen, son of the late rocker, was invited to play a bit of the song “Eruption” during the segment, but he declined because he didn’t think he could perform the song as well as his old man. They apparently failed to ask anyone else to do it.

Wolf later went online to express his disappointment over the fact that his father only received a 15-second tribute in between full-length performances honoring other artists. Think that’s awkward and cold? It gets worse: There was no mention of Van Halen when artists who’d died in the last year were acknowledged during another part of the show. Following the Grammys, Wolfgang tweeted about his disappointment with screenshots of a letter explaining his side of the situation.

Post Malone
At the 2020 Grammys, tat lord Post Malone was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Sunflower” with Swae Lee. The song was everywhere, especially given the popularity of the animated Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse, where we were first introduced to the track. That’s not the only time he was snubbed; Post Malone has had nine nominations with a grand total of zero wins.

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Dane County convenes first meeting of task force to help prevent deaths from suicide, drug overdose and alcoholism

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi convened the first meeting of a task force that is aiming to help prevent deaths from suicide, drug overdose and alcoholism as deaths from some of those causes ticked up last year amid the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Parisi convened more than 20 individuals on Wednesday over Zoom to develop a plan to help prevent what the coalition is calling preventable “deaths from despair.” The term refers to a trend in increased mortality from opioid overdoses, suicide and chronic alcoholism over the past two decades almost exclusively among white Americans without a four-year college degree. Some experts have attributed to the decline of steady-paying manufacturing jobs and the stability and meaning it brought working people, and problems with the American health care system and social safety net. 

Still, task force members said the opioid epidemic is increasingly affecting African-Americans in Dane County.

The task force included people from a variety of backgrounds, such as clinical mental health providers, police, fire and EMS responders, area businesses, crisis service providers, judiciary and community advocates. 

The task force plans to meet three times over the summer and early fall and then again in December to determine what the group has accomplished, and to plan for 2022. 

“In spite of our strong local economy, active social networks and excellent health care, Dane County has not been spared losses caused by the opioid overdose epidemic and suicide,” Parisi said in a statement. “Then came the COVID pandemic, and we have seen a 40% increase in drug and alcohol-related EMS calls. We can’t stand by and watch this trend continue as communities of color have been especially hard hit and bear a disproportionate burden. The task force will intensify our efforts to end preventable deaths by expanding our successful programs and implementing new strategies to save lives.”

According to figures from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office, 1,022 people have died by suicide or drug overdose in Dane County since 2016, and the figures have increased in the first months of 2021, with most overdoses occurring due to opiates. 

Preliminary data from 2020 from the Dane County Medical Examiner shows increases in both suicides and overdoses. In 2020, the county has reported 75 deaths by suicide, compared to 60 such deaths in 2019. Additionally, the county recorded 127 fatal opiate overdoses in 2020, an increase from 113 in 2019 and 98 in 2018. 

Emergency medical services agencies in Dane County responded to a 23% higher volume of suspected opioid overdoses in 2020 compared to 2019, with peak volumes occurring in May 2020, as job losses from the pandemic mounted. 

The highest volume of emergency medical service responses to suspected opioid overdoses over the past three years happened between March and July of 2020, however, the sustained increase began as early as fall of 2019.

“This demonstrates that drug-involved overdoses have always been an issue of concern, and the COVID pandemic magnified challenges in accessing and engaging in treatment and recovery services,” Dane County spokesperson Ariana Vruwink said. 

The task force will work over the summer on setting goals for the task force that relate to measurable outcomes. 

Parisi said Dane County is in the planning stages of creating a triage center to immediately support people in crisis, and is also working to address the way the criminal justice system approaches treatment of substance use disorders and mental illness. 

Parisi also highlighted the launch of the Dane County Behavioral Health Resource Center, a service designed to help any Dane County resident seek assistance and access behavioral health services.

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August Wilson African American Cultural Center reopens to public with new group exhibition

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Supper’s Our Time by SHAN Wallace, part of Minding My Business (i said what i said) at AWAACC

Like many local cultural institutions, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center has experienced its own series of starts and stops over the course of the pandemic. Now the Downtown hub dedicated to highlighting the Black experience through art, music, literature, and more will finally open its doors again.

AWAACC announced today that it will reopen to the public on Sat., May 22 with “safety procedures to ensure that all who visit have an enjoyable and stress-free experience,” says a press release. The date also marks the debut of Minding My Business (i said what i said), a new group exhibition featuring works by women artists.

AWAACC had reopened prior to this in September 2020, only to close its galleries again when a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases led to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf instituting another statewide shutdown at the end of November.

“After months of being closed to the public, we look forward to reopening our galleries with the work of seven incredible women artists from around the country,” says AWAACC president and CEO Janis Burley Wilson. “The dynamic works speak to some of the most pressing questions of our time facing not only women, but society as a whole, and we are thrilled to share their works with the Pittsburgh community.”

The show includes works by Houston-based artist Rabéa Ballin; published author and visual artist Krista Franklin; LA-based director, photographer, and “creative wellness designer” Deun Ivory; Chicago-based photographer Tonika Lewis Johnson; dancer and visual storyteller Pia Love; Baltimore visual artist, photographer, and educator SHAN Wallace; and, Natalie Lauren Sims, a musician, visual artist, writer, and music executive from Tulsa, Okla.

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is curated by Janice Bond and Sadie Woods of Selenite Arts Advisory, a multidisciplinary art advisory and curatorial consultancy. The show, on view in the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Gallery through Sept.12, is described as exploring “self-authorship as means to a liberated future through photography, video, and works on paper.”

Guests can expect an array of events associated with Minding My Business (i said what i said) over the next several months, including artist talks covering their practices and creative processes, as well as a presentation on late musician Nina Simone by DJ and scholar Lynnée Denise, and a performance by multidisciplinary artist Frewuhn.

In addition to requiring face masks, AWAACC will also screen visitors with temperature checks before they enter the building. Capacity in the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Gallery will be reduced to 10% to provide room for guests to social distance from one another. AWAACC also encourages guests to review the updated gallery hours and safety protocols prior to arriving.

While there are some in-person events, much of the programming will take place online over YouTube, Zoom, and other platforms. Those uneasy about venturing out will also be able to view a virtual tour of the art exhibition Minding My Business (i said what i said), which will be added to the AWAACC website in the coming weeks.


Minding My Business (i said what i said). On view Sat., May 22- Sept. 12, 2021. August Wilson African American Cultural Center. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. aacc-awc.org

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Post-COVID, bold actions must address detrimental impacts on students

At the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), our critical work to eliminate multigenerational poverty and create a culture of achievement for African American scholars and their families living in north Minneapolis was challenged this past year by the pandemic, community violence and longstanding inequities in our educational system. To best support our scholars, families and collaboration partners, we reviewed emerging literature that has identified four detrimental impacts of COVID -19 on students’ well-being and learning. As a result, we believe bold actions are necessary to ensure a quality education for these students, going forward:

  1. Students are experiencing mental health declines.

In the Vanderbilt Child Health Covid-19 Poll, administered in June 2020, 25% of parents surveyed reported worsening mental health in their children, and 14% reported declining behavioral health. This deterioration was linked to an increase in food insecurity, delays in health care visits and loss of child care. Fall 2020 results from our NAZ survey of families suggest scholars have a reduced sense of safety and increased level of anxiety, caused by less social interaction with friends, difficulties adapting to distance and hybrid learning, continually changing routines, and exposure to high levels of community violence.

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  1. Students are experiencing significant learning loss.

According to one study (Dorn, et al, 2020) which estimated learning loss based on students’ return to in-class instruction in January 2021, low-income, Black, and Hispanic students were estimated to lose 12.4, 10.3, and 9.2 months of learning, respectively, compared to white students, who were estimated to lose 6.0 months. These numbers likely underestimate actual learning loss because significant numbers of students, especially low-income students, have not been assessed since returning to class, are not attending school, or are logging in to classes inconsistently. The loss in learning is greater in math than in reading.

  1. Students are experiencing great variation in learning opportunities and instructional quality.

Despite major efforts by school districts and communities to provide essential technology to students and families for distance learning, the digital divide persists with stark inequities in access to high-quality online education, including high-speed internet and internet-capable devices as well as training and support for students, parents and teachers. In addition to quality, the quantity of student learning is less than a typical year with curricula reduced to accommodate pandemic-induced limitations on class time. Schools serving high numbers of children living in poverty or children of color are less likely to offer in-person instruction.

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  1. Assessing student learning during the pandemic with reliability and validity is even more difficult than usual.

2020 regular springtime state standardized testing did not occur, so there was no uniform measure of student performance. In 2021, state standardized tests will only be administered to students attending school in-person, not the significant number of students opting for distance learning. Students in school are unlikely to be invested in taking them or may experience additional stress as a result of taking them. Some districts administered progress tests online during the fall and winter, but younger students’ lack of familiarity with online test-taking, older students’ decreased motivation for testing, and variation in home testing conditions make interpretation and use of the results concerning.

Amy Susman-Stillman

Amy Susman-Stillman

To remedy the current situation, we urge administrators and educators to take the following steps:

  • Simultaneously address mental health and learning. We know now that prioritizing academic concerns led to limited success and ongoing challenges in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Prioritizing social-emotional learning and mental health in the short-term and academic learning over the long-term, with trauma-informed interventions, will help students regain social and academic footing following this disruptive year.
  • Provide a system of integrated, individualized student support. A comprehensive review of each student’s strengths and needs across multiple domains (academic, health, social and emotional well-being, family) would allow schools and partners to provide students with individualized resources and support systems.
  • Address the ongoing digital divide. Online instruction will become a permanent component of contemporary education. Federal, state and local governments and entities must prioritize students with the greatest digital needs, and provide teachers with the necessary supports to provide high-quality online instruction.
  • Accelerate learning. Ensure age-appropriate, challenging, grade-level content as students return to learning environments. Creatively use time and opportunity – extend learning time, expand after-school and summer programming, increase subject learning time during the school day, modify instructional practices to focus on areas needing acceleration, and offer high-dosage tutoring.
  • Gather “opportunity to learn” data alongside academic assessment data. Include COVID-specific data, such as student access to devices and reliable broadband and time spent in distance, hybrid and in-person learning, as well as student engagement and basic demographics. Policymakers, districts and schools can then contextualize student performance and make informed decisions about allocation of resources and best practices.

The consequences of the pandemic on students’ health and learning are profound and not yet fully understood. How long will it take for our scholars to recover and forge ahead emotionally and academically? This is a clarion call to our communities to join with our educators, parents, and policymakers to make changes in our educational system that will benefit all students, and particularly low-income scholars and students of color who are most in need. None of us should be satisfied until every child in our community has the social, academic and psychological support to reach their fullest potential.

Amy Susman-Stillman Is the director of evaluation for the Northside Achievement Zone, whose mission is to end generational poverty and build a culture of achievement in north Minneapolis where all low-income children of color graduate from high school college- and career-ready. 

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King County remains in Phase 3: What that means for our community | Public Health Insider

This article was originally written by Public Health Insider, the official blog for Public Health — Seattle & King County:

Governor Jay Inslee announced yesterday that King County will remain in Phase 3 of Washington state’s Roadmap to Recovery for the next two weeks. In Phase 3, indoor spaces such as restaurants, gyms and museums will be able to continue to operate with up to 50 percent of capacity.

In King County, cases remain high, and cases and hospitalizations have been on the increase since mid-March. But after several weeks of cases rising, in the past week cases have remained stable, showing signs that the recent increase may be starting to level off.

Overall, rates of COVID-19 remain highest in south and southeast King County. These areas continue to experience higher rates of hospitalizations, a continued concerning trend.

Notably, over the past two weeks, the arrival of plenty of vaccine into King County has been a game-changer. For the first time in over a year, as a community, we have the very real opportunity to get the pandemic under control.

“It is too early to tell if we have passed the peak of this recent surge. A two-week pause at this time recognizes this uncertainty and provides time to see whether we are turning a corner and which direction we are heading, while we continue to do everything we possibly can to get more people vaccinated,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Our best path out of the painful cycle of COVID-19 resurgences and restrictions – and for a return to normalcy as quickly as possible – is by rolling up our sleeves and getting vaccinated. As more people get vaccinated, the number of infections and hospitalizations will go down and all of us will be safer.”

VACCINE COVERAGE AND THE IMPACT ON CASES, HOSPITALIZATIONS

Currently, people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s are experiencing more severe disease and hospitalizations than earlier in the pandemic. This age group only became eligible for the vaccine in the past three weeks. Already, more than half have received a first dose.

If even more young and middle-aged adults get vaccinated in coming weeks, that could bring a substantial drop in COVID-19 infections.

King County is already seeing evidence that remarkable turnarounds are possible by looking at older adults.

Over 90 percent of residents age 65 and older have received at least one dose. This level of vaccine coverage is starting to drive down hospitalizations and deaths in this age group. Hospitalizations among older adults have fallen substantially since January, dropping 80 percent among people age 75 and older and down 58 percent among people age 65-74.

Our county has had a deliberate focus on ensuring access to vaccine for communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Communities are looking out for one another, and thanks to their efforts, we are seeing results.

While there is still more work to be done, among people age 65 and older, 84 percent of Asian Americans, 82 percent of Black and African Americans, and 85 percent of Hispanics have received at least one dose along with 90 percent of White Americans in this age group. There is close to full coverage in this age range for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander groups and American Indian and Alaskan Native groups.

And our community continues to step up by making vaccine even more accessible. For example, a partnership helped vaccinate more than 200 local residents last week in the Skyway neighborhood, located between Renton and Seattle. The effort included neighborhood businesses, the local fire department, community groups, health care providers, and Public Health.

GETTING BACK TO OUR PRE-COVID LIVES

How successful we ultimately are as a community and how quickly we get back to our activities depends on how many of us get vaccinated and how quickly we do so. If vaccine coverage stalls, then we are greater risk for more outbreaks, severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. Unfortunately, we will also be at risk of greater restrictions.

But as more and more people getting vaccinated, and the quicker we do, the safer we will all be and the more we will be able to get back to our pre-Covid lives, from travel to gathering with friends to having our kids in school without the risk of infecting others.

In the meantime, fighting COVID has always required doing more than one thing.

  • Wear masks, especially indoors with unvaccinated people you don’t live with and in crowded places.
  • Keep gatherings small.

Until the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations decline, and more people are vaccinated, everyone needs to take these steps for a while longer.

CONVENIENCE OF VACCINE: HERE’S HOW TO FIT VACCINE INTO YOUR DAY

Many vaccination sites are accepting patients without appointments during the days and hours noted below. All sites are ADA and offer interpretation services on-site.

For those living or working in Federal Way, a new Federal Way vaccination site opened on May 3. Appointments are required in advance but the site is specifically open on weekends, Saturdays, 8:30am-4:30pm, and Sundays, 10am-2pm.

And for Mariners and Sounders fans, the City of Seattle is offering vaccinations to all eligible fans at home games.

For additional vaccination locations, assistance, resources, and information, visit: KingCounty.gov/Vaccine.

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