On the Grammys and Why Beyoncé Deserved to Win

Last night the 2017 Grammy Album of the Year went to Adele for 25 over:
  • Purpose by Justin Bieber  
  • Views by Drake
  • Lemonade by Beyoncé and, 
  • A Sailor's Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson
Many of us were anticipating Beyoncé's win for Album of the year (no, I'm not a part of the Beyhive, if you must know). The anticipation comes after Lemonade shooked the nation politically addressing the circumstances of Black womanhood and our experiences, the consciousness of the Black identity, and why #BLACKLIVESMATTER. The album was indeed, a stepping stone for Beyoncé who has come into her own as an artist, using her platform to speak out for social justice. Case-in-point Lemonade went on to become certified platinum, and "Beyoncé became the first woman to chart 12 or more songs on the US Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, with every song on the album debuting on the chart". As for Black culture, Lemonade  was a celebration !!!  

The critiques of why Beyoncé released Lemonade, whether it was beneficial for her career or genuine, our preference of Beyoncé is not up for discussion in this case.

 If you compared the impact of Lemonade, it's message and contribution to the current climate of society hands down Lemonade deserved Album of the Year over any album in that category.

Did I forget to mention it was an artistic masterpiece?

So when Adele, gracefully went to accept her win and noted Beyoncé's Lemonade as her album of the year she used her privilege to address what viewers at home were thinking...

Lemonade was too sour for White folks to drink because it forced them to be uncomfortable and address that our racialized society ain't so sweet. 

This is why she didn't win. 

In looking at this controversy it's so crazy to think we need an award from "White" spaces in order to be great! And, they still don't acknowledge our greatness.

 When it's time to receive a BET Award we don't give it as much weight to the Grammys, and this is supposed to be a celebration of our own. I won't get into the fact that BET is no longer Black owned, that's for another time.

But, if this year Grammy's did not make you do a double-take, just know that each year we have to ask ourselves when will Black Artists get the recognition they deserve? Having Tribe perform "We The People..." is not good enough until we as the people stop trying to blow off Black art that challenges the system.

With that, I'm all for Solange's messages:

And let me not forget hands down Kendrick deserved that 2014 Grammy!