Purity Ring, “Grammy (Soulja Boy cover)”
This is like if Swedish duo jj stumbled into a rave with more strobes than usual. A tight steel drum, synth daggers and chopped up howls accompany bland hip-hop pronouncements. The lyrics aren’t nearly as vacant and silly as the most fun Soulja Boy tracks are, (see: “So Fresh”) but that works in favor for Purity Ring’s robot tone, like her eyes are half-mast, behind them daydreaming about Grammys. Even through the pleading chorus, even without the modulator over her voice, she’s not really trying, and neither is Soulja Boy, and neither are the Grammys, and neither is me and get it at Earmilk
This guy, Steve Stoute, is whining that the show deliberately snubbed mainstream acts (Eminem, Bieber) for the alternative performers (Esperanza Spalding, Arcade Fire.) I promise that I’ll stop talking about the Grammys after this, but a cursory glance at Wikipedia informed me that there are 6,000+ members of NARAS who do the voting for the Grammys.
If I were more paranoid perhaps I could believe that NARAS doesn’t count the votes or that they somehow convinced more than 6,000 musicians to all vote in a “contrary” way, but I fail to see where this conspiracy holds up.
Now whether or not the Grammys’ voters are actually in touch with contemporary culture— well, that’s a much better question.
Music exec takes out a full page ad in the NYT criticizing Grammys
This woman’s life is out of order. Her perception has tumbled into chaos and nothing makes sense except a wildly fanciful and especially cruel alternate reality. Justin Bieber’s loss has shattered the very fabric of her world. And she looks like an adult in her picture.
Then again I’m the one making fun of people on my tumblr so YOU BE THE JUDGE OF MATURITY HERE