Music Monday: The Billboard Awards Shenanigans


by Will

So, when I was trying to think up things to talk about for Music Monday today, I thought “well, the Billboard Awards were last night, let’s do that.” Cool. So I started looking through just to see who won, as base research so I actually know what I’m talking about. Noticed Adele won a lot. No surprise. LMAFO won a lot too, okay… but then we get to the Rock and Alternative categories… this is where I started asking myself what the heck is wrong with these awards.

Question, which of these two pictures would you consider more Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Option A:

or Option B:

I’m really hoping you chose A, because if not, you’re not going to like where this blog is going…

Who proclaimed Coldplay to be “Rock ‘n’ Roll?” I mean, really? The genre is supposed to be loud, fast, have a bunch of guitar solos, etc, etc. Coldplay doesn’t exactly scream sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Why am I getting on Coldplay’s case? Because they won… everything. Top Rock Artist, Top Alternative Artist, Top Rock Album, and Top Alternative Album, against a band like the Foo Fighters. I’m not even that big of a Foo Fighters fan, I never go out of my way to listen to them, but I certainly know they can be called rock music, and Coldplay really shouldn’t be.

It gets stranger. The nominations for both the artists and album categories were the exact same. Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, Foster the People and the Black Keys for artist, and the same for album, just replace Black Keys with Nickleback (Ha!). If the nominations are the same for the Rock/Alternative variants of each award, what exactly is the point of having them be different awards? I still question why Coldplay is even in the “Rock” category to begin! None of this makes sense.

Now, I understand that the Billboard awards are calculated differently than say, the Grammy Awards, (where Coldplay has beaten Metallica, METALLICA, for best “Rock” album before) where it’s actually votes that determine the winner, but I’m still left questioning the point of it all? If we’re just going on airplay, record sales, and download sales, where’s the suspense? In this day and age, I’m sure you can pull any ten year old off the jungle gym and have them find the info on Google, or you could probably just ask Siri.

I don’t… I just don’t know anymore… wait… what the? OH, COME ON!

WHAT?! Adele nominated for top Rock song, TWICE!?! And Coldplay is still there! Gah, I can’t, I just can’t anymore.

Take it away, Kyle…


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