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Women Are Making the Best New Music –Period.

By Bruce Edwin

The Grammy’s were held this last Sunday night, with at least one reporter asking the head of the Grammy’s later during press interviews, why there were not more women nominated for awards.  Grammy CEO Neil Portnow, who I have had the pleasure to meet at a Grammy’s event, is a very down to Earth, nice guy. Neil reportedly stated something to the effect of there was nothing stopping women from being more involved,  and that they simply needed to step up and get more involved.  Neil later faced a backlash for this remark, according to the LA Times, and later stated his remarks were taken out of context, and regretted the words he used.

The fact is, it is not Neil’s fault, or in my view–anything necessarily against women.  The Grammy’s are an awards show for very mainstream, largely safe artists that fit a certain mold and genre, that are already at the top of their game.

Even though YouTube is what now dominates the music industry, and is the actually relevant barometer of the industry, the Grammy’s largely ignore that–the YouTube stars.  Before YouTube, it was the music blogs, and before the blogs, it was the fanzines, radio, and TV including MTV and VH1.

Grimes, below–is a major music star who has racked up millions of views, and sells out venues around the world.  She is also one of the greatest new artists working in music today.

One award at the Grammy’s is the so called New Artist Category, of which the majority of all said winners throughout the history of the Grammy’s further fall into the same predictable genre category, that don’t really shake up the system.

Sade and Amy Winehouse’s wins in this category back in the day are notable, however Amy was bringing back blues, and Sade was bringing back jazz to pop music–two already very established genres.  Culture Club‘s win in the same category was also good, yet considering the massive influence of New Wave and Punk, countless bands were still ignored for this or any other awards category from these genres. Evanescence were also a notable win in this category, yet here too, countless other bands in the so called gothic / metal crossover genre, or the metal / industrial crossover area were totally ignored.  Nine Inch Nails, for example, who were massive for years in the club circuit, did not get noticed by the Grammy’s until years later.

Does it matter? Not really.  The best music throughout time has often times been ignored by Rolling Stone, Billboard, and the Grammy’s.   I and others like me, were listening to bands including The Smiths, Depache Mode, The Cure, The Cult, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jesus and Mary Chain, Mazzy Star, The Cranberries, Jane’s Addiction,  Smashing Pumpkins, Ministry, Hole, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, and countless more before they became ‘trendy’ enough to be noticed by the so called mainstream.

The Grammy’s are an important musical institution–sure, and they do a lot of good. But, ultimately, they are not the only barometer of greatness in music.  The Grammy’s are the mainstream of the mainstream.

Bands and artists including Skinny Puppy, Suicidal Tendencies, Diamanda Galas, Lydia Lunch, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Death In June, and countless other greats, have been and continue to be simply ignored by The Grammy’s.  And, that’s OK.

U2 of course, are a great band, and put on a great performance Sunday night. Sting is a massive talent and naturally–never disappoints. Elton John is an amazing singer and songwriter, who did a great performance with Miley Cyrus. Miley–despite her haters, is a truly talented singer with a great vocal range, who really respects musical history and multiple genres, as seen by her duets with Metallica, Billy Idol, and others. Pink, though not my preferred style, also has an incredible vocal range and did great.  Kesha, who exploded online with her massive YouTube hit Tik Tok, is a truly great songwriter and singer, who performed a heartfelt, powerful set backed by Cyndi Lauper, among others, singing about a women getting enough courage to leave an abusive man. Having read Kesha’s biography, I am very happy for her that she achieved this herself, and is spreading her talent and love to the world.

Lady Gaga, who also respects multiple genres, having done songs with Tony Bennett, Elton John, and Marilyn Manson among others, is a truly great singer with an outstanding range and vocal control.  Aside from U2, these women were the most entertaining this Grammy night, performing the best songs.

Alessia Cara won the best new artist award, yet very sweetly mentioned how many other great artists were out there that don’t have the numbers to be considered for such awards shows, that deserve more recognition. This is of course–totally true.

Of the best new music being made across the past decade, the majority of it just happens to be made by women–and, it is largely ignored by the Grammy’s.

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Warpaint, Grimes, Tove Lo, Mo, Elliphant, Sunflower Bean, Pussy Riot, Niia, Starcrawler, and countless more new musical acts are women, or led by women, and most are very successful. Lana Del Rey was in the audience. She, and all of the artists above, should have not only been present, but nominated or performing, or both.

The problem is not totally with the Grammy’s not making room for women in the Grammy’s. The problem is with the Grammy’s not making room for better, more daring, and more original music–period.

But instead of waiting for the institution of the Grammy’s to change, or trying to change it, perhaps someone should instead Create a new awards show.  An alternative to The Grammy’s, that actually awards artist’s awards based on things such as creative uniqueness, soul, and original talent–not just on how well they get popular at following mainstream trends already established and laid out before them.   Some of those already established artists at the Grammy’s may even get a chance to compete in the new awards show too–after some of them get introduced to a greatly needed vocal coach and learn how to sing on key.

Artists deserve awards. They work hard, and everyone likes to feel appreciated.  We don’t need the Grammy’s to tell us women are important to music. Woman ARE music.   From Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Rudimanary Peni, Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, We’ve got a Fuzzbox, Blondie, The Slits, PJ Harvey, Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Toyah Wilcox, Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux, Hope Sandoval, Tina Turner, Billie Holiday,  Judy Garland,  Kim Gordon, Ivy, Veruca Salt, Courtney Love, The Breeders, Bikini Kill, Poe, Letters to Cleo, Garbage, The Cocteau Twins, Ute Lemper, and countless more;  Women comprise far over 50% of the best music of all time,  and of the past 10 years, over 95% percent of the best music being created is by WOMEN.

So on second thought, maybe the Grammy’s really ARE ignoring handing out more female awards on purpose. Because maybe if they started actually handing out the awards to the people that truly deserved it, the men would be OUTNUMBERED.   And if we are–that’s quite alright with me. I prefer the company of women anyway; especially the talented ones.

Check out our music page here at subnormal magazine at the Hollywood Sentinel LINK below, to see The REAL  best in music of 2017; all women.

https://hollywoodsentinel.com/category/subnormal/ 

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Trump Wins–New President of the United States of America

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It is official. Trump has now won Presidency of the United States of America.

CLINTON: 218

TRUMP: 276

RNC Wins the House and Senate

Republicans won the House of Representatives, and have also now won the Senate.

In the State of California, potheads will rejoice as the drug is now legal.

At 8pm, the streets of America were quiet, and stores nearly dead, with most people home watching results on TV or online. People outside are glued to the internet on their phones, and democrats are in shock and already in a sense of mourning. Tomorrow will be a new President that will be sworn in during January of 2017, and as we have just found out, that person is now Trump.

Trump Wins

For Trump supporters, many will celebrate. Others will secretly be happy–afraid to tell their friends or wives they secretly supported the man. For some women, they too are pleased. Yet for many Democrats, and especially women, it is a day of sadness. “How could women let us down?” One women asked me. “Did they not turn out to vote?” I can only empathize with women who–living in a historically patriarchal society, has never had a female President–has usually never had equal pay, who have historically been treated as less than a man, and who have historically been viewed as little more than an overly emotional, un-intelligent sex object there merely to please a man. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Honor and Respect Women

Women are just as qualified as a man to do anything she puts her mind to. Women are just as intelligent, and sometimes more-so, and often times better qualified. And women are not here for the sexual pleasure of a man–unless they themselves want it. They are their own free spirit. Today’s woman is more powerful, more liberated, better educated, and more brave, than ever before–and that is a good thing. As we usher in a new President of the United States–another man, who has been quite guilty of some very terrible comments and actions towards women that any civilized society must condemn, let us all give special regard, care, respect, and love for all women of all ages. Without women–life would not exist. Let us cherish and and honor women, and all races, and all people. As a nation united, we are great, and always have been.

Most people on both sides of the political party in America generally have good intentions–they just differ on how to get the results they want. Most people are basically good. Lets celebrate at least–that this insane drama of an election is over, and that we can all get back to work. And let us also celebrate ourselves, our loved ones, and our commonalities. Let us celebrate women–and tell them we are sorry they had to live through and hear the terrible things said about women in this election, and speak out at any injustice we hear against women or any other minority–and do something about it. America is strong because its people are strong. Lets show the world that as hate filled as this crazy election was, we are a peaceful people, patient, kind, loving, and good. Lets show the world that America is each and every one of us–of all genders, races, nationalities, and sexual orientations–not a man in a White House–but you, and I. We are not perfect, but each day, we can be better than we were before. Lets start today, and be better, and spread the love. –Peace.

–Bruce Edwin

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