Justin Bieber unjustly snubbed by Grammy Select Committee

Bieber Fan’s Hammer Grammy Awards on Twitter

The 2013 Gammy awards may have alienated one of the largest segments of fans in history when they allegedly snubbed Justin Bieber. Judging from early tweets, the Grammy Select Committee may have not only unjustly snubbed the mega star, their decision could result in significantly diminishing T.V. viewership.

Bieber fans took to twitter to voice their disappointment Wednesday night as they scoffed bitterly, tweeting into the next day. The ascorbic discourse ranged from rage and contempt to a chorus of voices that called for an outright television boycott of CBS’s February broadcast.

“Wtf is wrong with everyone? Bieber and 1D do Not get nominated and Psy does?? Really?” tweeted @Mansikookani. Another tweet from @BeauDeToilette read, “I’m not a belieber or anything but seriously Bieber would’ve deserved to go to the Grammy’s.” Making a similar point, @adzlegends’ tweet read, “If there is anyone who deserves a grammy it is Justin Bieber.” While still another read, “no nominees for Justin Bieber? Dear Grammy go home, you’re drunk.”

The madness continued for hours with a number of tweets rousing up Bieber fans with talk of boycotting the show. One tweeter @OfficialAura wrote, “Looking at the reactions for this years Grammy noms, you know what, why don’t we all just boycott.” @NickChambon tweeted, “So @justinbieber isn’t nominated for a grammy but PSY is. Not cool. Lets all boycott the grammys.” The sentiment grew till @dianeG1966 decided to up the ante, tweeting “Might just boycott the Grammy’s from now on!”

While most tweeters were outraged, a few cool headed Twitter comments emerged every-so-often, breaking up the rapidly growing mob-like fury.

One fan interrupted the concordance of unanimity by tweeting, “Micheal Jackson didn’t win his first Grammy until he was 22 years old. Just remember Beliebers. Justin is Just Getting Started.”

“No matter how talented you are, not everyone is going to like you. But that’s life, just stay strong,” @zahra_ tweeted quoting a statement once made by the teenage pop-idol.

But Bieber fans were not the only ones expressing disappointment with the Grammy snub. According to several media outlets, the Canadian crooner’s manager, Scooter Brawn, made his feelings known by slamming the folks in charge of nominating artists. Brawn stated: “Justin “deserved” to be named among the stars going for the big prizes at next year’s event.”

Once all the nominees had been announced to the public, Brawn wrote on Twitter: “First…congrats to @carlyraejepsen thought u deserved a best new artist nom, but proud Call Me Maybe got u 2 noms. so proud of u.” “second….this time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one” “the hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. Huge succesful album, sold out tour, and won people over…” “..this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with.”

While you could certainly sense by his choice of words Brawn was disappointed, the 31-year-old manager was able to follow-up his frustration as he congratulated those that were nominated before signing off his Twitter account.

There were those outside the Bieber universe that saw things quite differently. For instance, Showbiz422.com offered their take, “For once, the Grammy committees have gotten it just about right. Not one single nomination for the junk that Justin Bieber has foisted on the world. Five really good choices for Album of the Year from Mumford and Sons (my choice to win), Black Keys (excellent), Frank Ocean (cutting edge), Fun (stupid pop), and Jack White (real rock). Plus “Call Me Maybe” is the Song of the Year- Ken Ehrlich should make the entire audience become a flash mob at the Staples Center. And Record of the Year is ‘Somebody That I Used to Know.’”

Mac Wilson, with Minnesota Public Radio didn’t exactly agree with Showbiz’s sentiment, however, his remarks contained some similarities. Wilson noted on the radio’s website, “The popular line is that the Grammys are permanently out of touch – either rewarding established veterans or teenybopper flavors of the week. But over recent years, we’ve seen a gradual shift towards an embrace of the “alternative” side of the music industry, as evidenced by Arcade Fire winning Album of the Year and Bon Iver winning multiple awards, including Best New Artist. This year’s Grammys (the nominations of which were announced Wednesday night) have the greatest overlap with the Current’s everyday playlist than any other year in our history, which is both interesting, and really exciting.”

Notwithstanding, the few voices apparently gratified with the Grammy’s choice of nominees, Jason Newman, writing for fuse.tv wrote, “When the Grammy nominations were announced last night, there were numerous notable events and a slew of live performances, but if you ask Beliebers, the biggest moment was Psy earning a Grammy nom over Justin Bieber. Never mind that Psy didn’t receive a single nomination; this was a tragic oversight that can only be corrected by angry, hyperbolic tweets.

“According to the Bieber Army, Psy is irrelevant and can “sit on a cactus,” the Grammys lost “millions of views” and an army of Beliebers are now insisting that this is a sick joke, finding Jesus, loading up on guns or giving up on humanity. And the kicker for many: “Gangham Style” isn’t even in English!

Imagine what would have happened if Psy was actually nominated.”

While Newman clearly captured an important argument that had repeatedly fueled the ire of Bieber fans, the notion that something awful would have happened if Psy was actually nominated is a bit misleading, especially since an accurate read of the tweets Newman alluded to suggests that many Bieber fans were under the impression that Psy had been nominated for a Gammy. In fact, statements like, “What? PSY got nominated for a grammy, while Justin didn’t? What’s happening to the world?” were re-tweeted so often that everybody seemed convinced he was nominated.

For the most part, Newman’s analogy is spot on. The inclusion of Psy as part of the Grammy’s 55th celebration caused a fair amount of indignation among fans. Moreover, it was the primary issue that managed to survive into morning as fans wanted an answer to the question, how could PSY be honored above Bieber for a Grammy when English speaking people can’t even understand the Korean’s song?

While I have personally tried to abstain from giving my opinion in this matter, I can’t help but to wonder why out of the 81 awards scheduled to be handed out on February 10, 2013, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences chose to ignore Bieber’s astonishing 2012 body of work, talent and 31,000,000 people that call themselves Bieliebers.

I just can’t imagine the pop star not having any representation among those residing on the Gammy’s select committee. Was he unjustly snubbed by the Grammy Select Committee? I’m not so sure I can answer that question, however, 81 awards certainly means that there were 405 nominations. It certainly doesn’t appear that they didn’t have the flexibility.

Written by D. Chandler

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