The Grammys Won’t Bow Down to Beyonce
While I was unable to watch this year’s live Grammy telecast, I was able to keep track of what was going on thanks to Twitter. I know Adele cursed and stopped the show because she messed up her George Michael tribute. I know Beyoncé looked pretty while performing songs no one had ever heard of. I know Bruno Mars gave a spectacular Prince tribute. I know Rihanna continues to be snubbed in the pop category, and that black folks are mad… again… because the Grammys’ predominately white voters did not bestow Album of the Year honors on Beyoncé.
I also know that over the weekend The NAACP Image Awards were handed out, and guess what? Beyoncé was not on hand to accept the five awards she won. As a matter of fact, per EVERY SINGLE YEAR of its existence, many black performers have skipped this award show- that includes actors, singers and everyone in between.
A show that seeks to give encouragement and acknowledgement to black talent is routinely passed on by black performers who then complain and whine when white-bred award shows don’t bestow the glory upon them they think they deserve.
My question is- what the hell do you all expect? The Grammys are only doing what they’ve been doing since its inception. It’s voting body has always been extremely conservative and yes- obviously biased.
But what irks me the most when it comes to black folks’ latest round of whining, is why only Beyoncé? Why won’t the black community stand up for the hordes of black women who’ve been given the finger over the years, including Rihanna, who’s routinely snubbed in major pop categories? Rihanna is pop music and one of the most successful pop acts of the last decade, yet she’s rarely nominated in any major categories. Because she is black, she is lumped in the R&B category and given awards she is not deserving of, thus disenfranchising actual R&B artists.
The black community has become very dystopian in its support of Beyoncé, and it has been to the detriment of other black female artists, who are routinely attacked, berated, degraded and told to bow down. She is also supported by two of the most toxic-tongued group of people on the planet- black women and the gay black men who emulate them. They traverse the internet attacking any and every black female artist that dares to show even an ounce of potential.
It is frightening how completely unsupportive the black community has become of any black female artist that isn’t Beyoncé. Even Rihanna has not been spared the shady comments or told how much less of an artist she is than Beyoncé.
Worse still, is Beyoncé’s encouragement of this behavior. Her ego and desire to be worshipped is on display in all she does as of late. Coincidentally, black women have found a way to interpret this as some sort of reflection of their own superiority. They believe Beyoncé, with her flowing blonde weave and complexion that black men and white America easily accept, is somehow a glorious reflection of themselves.
I won’t even get into the lunacy of people with that mindset. But I will close out by saying there is an air of black female hatred that imbues not only Beyoncé’s image- but that of her fans who I liken to Trump supporters. You want to know a person’s impact on somehow- check their supporters. You can’t tell me Trump isn’t a hate monger because I see what he inspires in those who back him.
The same for Beyoncé supporters- the Hive. Have you ever come across of more toxic group of people? They’ve dedicated themselves to attacking black women for years- usually using their looks as a point of reference. You’ll never be called an ugly, black, nappy-headed, so-and-so by anyone faster than them. I’ve been writing online for over a decade and have seen this swell of hatred from its beginning. It tied in with social media and has now become almost unstoppable.
Whereas the white community has a multitude of successful female artists, how many does the black community have? And why do they all look like they were cut from the same mold? Where is our diversity? Why can’t there be more than 2 or 3 of us successful and SUPPORTED by our communities?
Beyoncé is an image of hate. There, I said it. The black community’s idol worship of her is not a sign of love and support of black women or black womanhood- it is just the opposite. She is used as a catalyst to keep other black women down and to remind them that if they are not Beyoncé-like they will not be supported.
Remember when Chris Crocker said this back in 2013?