The Grammys have fallen victim to racism. This was evident when Adele beat out Beyonce for album of the year, a reminder of the award show's history of paying little attention to black artists, writes Kevin Fallon in The Daily Beast. Beyonce's album "Lemonade" was profoundly successful in the black community, yet she and other artists like Prince, Mariah Carey and Kanye West have never won Album of the Year, despite having revolutionalized music and our culture, argues Fallon.
The Grammys are not racist. The people on the voting panel of the awards show have historically been less knowledgeable about the Hip Hop and Rap genres, writes Ryan Bassil of Noisey. Bassil also argues that Grammy winners are usually the artists who have sold the most albums and have generated the most radio play as opposed to those who have made a cultural impact in music. If the decision makers know little about Hip Hop or rap, it's no surpise such artists don't win.