The singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding penned down a few honest thoughts about her experience in the music industry after the much debatable Grammy nominations of 2021.
In the article, Ellie Goulding wrote that although she wakes up every day with gratitude to have music in her life and tries to keep pushing the limits of her role as an artist, the current state of the music industry saddens her.
Questioning when factors such as industry relationships, internal politics, and magazine covers became more important to get awards, Ellie Goulding claimed that the artists received awards for their work relationships and prominent bodies rather than their art.
Here’s Goulding’s statement:
“I sit and wonder when factors such as industry relationships, internal politics, and magazine covers started being rewarded before the music itself. I sit and wonder about the ways in which artists in other fields — fine art, dance, film — are identified and praised for their notable bodies of work, not because (of) their notable bodies or working relationships.”
Moreover, the singer continued her criticism on the unjust system of the industry by saying that she doesn’t understand how globally popular artists are not being recognized for their works, like The Weeknd and herself.
“People are being awarded – in the form of both nominations and category wins – for reasons that are hard to decipher. If both the most globally popular artists and most critically revered artists are not being recognized, how do we, as artists, go on?”
Considering her own accomplishments, Ellie did not hesitate to speak out against this situation, which she found unfair, questioning how it was decided who would receive an award and what the real criteria were. She demanded transparency on the factor of being recognized and rewarded in the music industry.
She ended her critic saying:
“It is time to have a bigger discussion about where we are going and how we acknowledge and reward those who are, frankly, the reason this industry exists in the first place.”
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