Music exec slams Grammys in NYT ad
Tween girls aren’t the only ones furious at the Grammys for snubbing Justin Bieber and Eminem. A top music executive blasted last week’s award show, noting ground-breaking artists like Kanye West, Eminem and Bieber are good enough to draw ratings and even perform on the show, but in “a series of hypocrisies and contradictions,” the Grammy voters showed they are out of touch with popular culture.
Hip-hop marketing expert Steve Stoute (above with Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys) took out his gripe in a full-page ad in the New York Times on Sunday in an open letter to Grammy organizers and its 12,000-odd voters.
He wondered why any artists would bother to participate.
“We must acknowledge the massive cultural impact of Eminem and Kanye West and how their music is shaping, influencing and defining the voice of a generation… How is it that Justin Bieber, an artist that defines what it means to be a modern artist, did not win Best New Artist?”
Said the nation’s tweens: Like, totally!
[Associated Press file photo]