In a reflection of the current state of pop, in which hip-hop and urban music are the dominating forces, artists such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars are among the top nominees the 60th Grammy Awards, to be held Jan. 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York.
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In the internet’s excitement early Tuesday over the remarkable lack of white men among the Grammy nominees for album of the year — and to be clear, this is definitely very exciting! — a bit of untruth began circulating online that said this was the first time this has happened since 1999.
That’s the year Lauryn Hill won album of the year for her landmark solo debut, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” beating out similarly excellent records by Madonna, Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow and Garbage.
Certainly that was a great year for women, including Garbage’s singer, Shirley Manson.
But as this vintage publicity photo demonstrates — we found it in the L.A. Times’ archives — Garbage was not Manson’s solo project.
It was a band.
What’s worse, Manson’s bandmates were three white men: Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker. (In fact, they still are: After drifting apart in 2005, the musicians reconvened five years ago.)
So what’s this mean for the official white-dude Grammy count?
That these new nominations mark the first time in the ceremony’s six-decade history that the Recording Academy’s go-to demographic has been shut out of the highest-profile category.
Can you believe it? It’s even better than the Internet thought.