UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called out the Grammys via Twitter, saying they should keep politics out of the awards.
I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 29, 2018
We are, of course, all sorry that Nikki Haley’s Grammy experience was ruined. But this, unfortunately, begs a couple of questions.
First of all, I don’t know about Nikki Haley, but I haven’t “always loved the Grammys,” have you? I do try to listen to new music, but very little of it seems to be worth the time, which is too bad, because I’m sick of hearing the old songs over and over again. It didn’t occur to me to watch the Grammys, and I do love music.
Secondly, I take a little issue with the statement, “Some of us love music without the politics thrown in.” Actually, music has long been a conduit for political statements. Unfortunately, most of it is liberal, but I respect it. And musicians have been an important force against tyranny in countries where actual tyranny exists, not made-up Trump tyranny.
I do agree with her, though, in the sense that many of the current batch of musicians seem to be vile and barely literate, let alone capable of thoughtful political statements. I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to take political instruction from Katy Perry.
There hasn’t always been such a lack of sophistication among musicians, fortunately.