This year, the Grammys did give us something complain about, a win that says troubling things about their priorities and about ours as a culture.Please read the whole thing here.
In case you missed it, the Grammys awarded Chris Brown with "Best R&B Album" on Sunday, almost three years after he very publicly assaulted his girlfriend, the ubiquitous R&B singer, Rihanna. I have many issues with awarding Brown's newest album, F.A.M.E., with any sort of artistic merit -- first off, because the album isn't very good. F.A.M.E. wasn't critically savaged because Brown beat his girlfriend, although that surely didn't make him a darling with the critical community. Critics took issue with Brown's inability to artistically mature after the incident, his seeming unwillingness to grow. The album was divided between soulless rap and R&B jams about getting money and women and a few maudlin ballads meant to appease his critics, rather than engage in any meaningful introspection in regard to his actions.
[The] act of seeking grace from the people you've hurt is one Chris Brown needs to learn -- if we are expected to forgive him. Brown, and any celebrity rewarded with fame after unapologetically brutalizing someone, needs to show us that he knows how important forgiveness is, that he understands the role he could play in starting a meaningful conversation on domestic abuse.
--> In related news: In a Twitter rant that has since been deleted, Brown went off on the people who questioned whether he deserved to be at the show three years after he missed his scheduled performance due to his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 awards.
"HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That's the ultimate F**K OFF!" Brown tweeted yesterday in a widely reported screed that has since been deleted, but was preserved by the Mashable site.
About this, Michael K of Dlisted writes:
Even if you took away the fact that Chris almost beat RiRi's face off, he would still be a chair-hurling, window-breaking, tantrum-throwing, nutless anus bag whose brain stopped developing in the womb. Chris Brown hasn't learned shit and he's still a piece of shit. I know, that's an insult to shit. The next time you take a shit, please apologize to it on my behalf.