Black musicians deserve proper recognition at the Grammys

Over the past 60 years, the Grammys have only awarded 10 Black musicians with the coveted Album of the Year trophy. Many Black artists have taken note of this fact and decided not to attend the ceremony this year. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards took place Sunday night, and noticeably missing from the star-studded list of performances were nominees Drake, Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told the New York Times he offered all three men performance spots but he was turned down by each. “The fact of the matter is,” Ehrlich told the Times, “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.” The Grammys have famously snubbed many Black musicians for some of their most critically acclaimed work in recent years, instead, opting to give them their wins in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category. Beyoncé and Frank Ocean both won in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category but were shut out of any Album of the Year wins for “Channel Orange,” “Lemonade” or Beyoncé’s self-titled album. I’d argue that all three of those

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A look back at black through from the Grammy Awards to everyday trends

Beyonce glided onto the stage last Sunday to accept her 20th Grammy Award wearing a plunging V-neck, jet-black Proenza Schouler gown. Gwen Stefani topped Forbes’ Best Dressed fashion list rocking a midnight Versace jumpsuit with Kanye West following suit, shunning color and uniformity in a daring low-cut black velvet ensemble and a dangling gold chain. During a night when creativity and vivaciousness filled the air, some of the biggest stars opted to wear muted shades on the red carpet by paying tribute to black, the staple swatch that supersedes trends. “[Black] is everywhere—it’s in every era,” Tori Sparks, a junior fashion merchandising major at California State University, Long Beach, said. “You can never go wrong with it; it’s classic.” The power of the one-toned look isn’t new to the fashion world. The timeless ventures into darkness have been molded and reinvented time and time again through new innovative looks. Throughout history, miles of studded runways have featured fashion luminaries like Coco Chanel coining the “little black dress” and Karl Lagerfeld with his somber, signature look: the traditional suit, skinny pants and onyx sunglasses. Fashion icon Audrey Hepburn pioneered the color into her image, inviting a simple pair of ebony ballet

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