Harry Styles won Album of the Year over Beyonce at the recent Grammy Awards and the internet made him the villain in her story. Meanwhile, Beyonce became the artist with the most Grammys after winning her 32nd Grammy for Best Dance Album – but why won’t they let her have AOTY? So what is the Grammy album of the year controversy and why are many calling Styles out as the problem? We take a step back to look at the source of all of this – the voting committee – discuss the inherent bias in the voting system.
We also delve into the topic of “queerbaiting” and its overuse. With the rise of TikTok and the younger generation using the platform to express themselves, the term “queerbaiting” has become a hot topic. But is it being used appropriately? And if not, what does the word even mean anymore?
We’re joined by entertainment journalist and writer at Rolling Stone, Larish Paul! Find more of Larisha’s work on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Sources for Grammy Album of The Year Controversy & Queerbaiting is Everywhere with Larisha Paul
Grammy Voters Reveal Secret Ballots: Why Industry Pros Did or Didn’t Go for Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Adele, Lizzo and Other Front-Runners (Variety, Alan Light, Feb 2, 2023)
Beyoncé, the all-time leading Grammy winner, should never attend another Grammy Awards (LA Times, Mikael Wood, February 6, 2023)
Here’s Why Harry Styles Is Facing Backlash for His Album of the Year Grammys Speech (Glamour, Emily Tannenbaum, February 6, 2023)
Is Celebrity ‘Queer Baiting’ Really Such a Crime? (NewYorkTimes, Mark Harris, Feb 6)
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