He won top honors over other, more relevant acts. He represents the tastes of older Recording Academy voters. His most innovative work is a decade-plus behind him.
As Beck was being shamed by
Since 1999 (three years after the category was created) he’s won the prize for all but one of his major-label album releases, beating out respected artists such as Missy Elliott,
Still, of all the narratives coming out of the
He won this time for “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” an album now known for the self-conscious single “The Monster” with Rihanna. Whether it's the addition of her or
As for Eminem's early career wins, a case could be made that he was unique and good enough to be worthy of the awards, even while beating out some of the biggest names in rap.
Now the unconditional Grammy love is just embarrassing.
Recording Academy voters are often accused of being too old, too white and too out of touch in their choices. That description is difficult to confirm or refute because the Academy doesn't make the demographics of its voters public.
But as Eminem's perennial victories attest, there's one thing for sure – they're lazy.
Why bother listening to Schoolboy Q or that Khalifa guy when you have the dependable loose cannon from Detroit to lean on? Does Eminem still hate his mom? Check. His ex? Check. Society? Check. Good to go.
As long as nothing's changed, he'll apparently keep winning until Macklemore releases another album and Grammy votes are split.
There was another radio-friendly blond in the mix this year who threatened to dethrone Eminem, Iggy Azalea. But there was a problem, and it wasn't because she looked like
It's that she's a woman, meaning she belongs to a gender that's never won that category, so why start now? Eminem was the natural choice.
Which brings us back to Sunday evening at the Staples Center.
Kanye spoke out because he's frustrated with a Grammy voting body that too rarely honors rappers, R&B singers or artists of color in the top four categories, regardless of sales figures or cultural impact. This year was no exception.
But Eminem's continued dominance of the rap album honors also deserves scrutiny, even if the hip hop category isn't part of the televised awards show. (Hey, the genre that's come define entire generations has only been around since the '70s. Give it some time.)
Perhaps they'll get around to making it part of the telecast when Eminem is old enough to do a standards duet with whomever seems the best choice to reach The Young People (Blue Ivy?).
In the meantime, let's give Beck all the grief so Eminem can win in peace. Again.