sual album was not only the breakup/get-back-together narrative heard around the world but a collective movement—a searing look at the intimacies of marriage and infidelity by an often underrepresented cohort in pop culture: black women.
2017 marks the third time Beyoncé has lost Album of the Year. First, in 2010 to Taylor Swift’s Fearless, and then in 2015, Beck’s Morning Phase bested Beyoncé’s record-breaking self-titled visual album. Now Lemonade has been snubbed as Adele’s 25 takes home the top prize. The last time a black female artist won the award was Lauryn Hill in 1999. The last black artist to win Album of the Year was Herbie Hancock in 2008, nearly 10 years ago, for a jazz cover album of Joni Mitchell songs.
When the artist who wins Album of the Year uses her acceptance speech as a moment to acknowledge she doesn’t deserve it, that’s a clear indication that the Grammys have become not only out of touch but explicitly biased. Is it too early to start a #GrammysSoWhite campaign?
The last black artist to win Album of the Year was Herbie Hancock in 2008, nearly 10 years ago, for a jazz cover album of Joni Mitchell songs.