Yesterday Rutgers University made the new for announcing that they are offering a course based around Beyonce.
The class, Politicizing Beyonce, explores ideas of race, gender, and sexuality through her music.
This isn’t a revolutionary idea. Other Universities have offered courses on other artists in the past. Considering that music, in both visual and audio form, are so prevalent in today’s culture, it only makes sense to study them through social lenses.
I’m assuming that over the years more schools will start offering similar classes.
I thought I would do a civil service and help them out by creating some of the classes.
Nothing slayed me the way I wanted. No comeback dominated everything – except for Beyonce but that album is not eligible for this years Grammys. Everything else just felt safe.
There were a few highlights. Kendrick had one of the most refreshing rap albums in years, and believe it or not, I thought Bruno did a great job of mixing eras on his album.
Album of the Year is the award that means everything – hence Kanye West’s obsession with winning one.
In an era where more time is focused on the single, rather than the album, this award is even more coveted. It’s a pat on the back that you did the right thing as an artist and created a collective work worth listening too.
One of the biggest confusions about the Grammys has been the difference between Song and Record of the year. The Grammy website explains it best:
The Record Of The Year category recognizes the artist’s performance as well as the overall contributions of the producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist. The Song Of The Year category recognizes the songwriter(s).
Translation: 97% of today’s singers can only be nominated in this category because they don’t write any of their music.
In recent years there has been a different winner in each category. For example, last year Record of the Year went to ‘Somebody That I Use To Know’ and Song of the Year went to ‘We Are Young’. Both great tracks, but neither was deserving of the other award.
I like when the Grammys spread the love and I think they will this year too.