To the editor: On Saturday, the day before the
Is this news based on the facts, or is it an attempt to create a controversy where none exists? The anomaly this year is based on the fact that just two of the 20 nominated artists (10%) are minorities.
There is no greater diversity in entertainment than in the music industry. Our ears are colorblind and enjoy a great song no matter the source. Music broke down racial barriers in the 1950s, long before the rest of society caught up.
There is plenty of injustice in the world that deserves space on your front page. Not this.
Robin Blomquist, Torrance
To the editor: In
In fact, that era's most infamous music "snatcher" was Pat Boone. He launched his recording career in the 1950s with concurrent cover versions of records cut by such legendary black artists as Little Richard and Fats Domino. Boone's bland covers outpaced sales of the soulful original versions.
Eminent 1950s white pop groups such as the McGuire Sisters, Crew Cuts and Diamonds often covered blacks' records too. But this dubious trend eventually faded, and even reversed, as 1962 saw Ray Charles' covers of country tunes by white artists rule the charts.
Good taste finally prevailed.
Christine Hagel, Orcutt, Calif.
To the editor: I thought the Grammy Awards were about talent, not race. The term "awards" suggests that they are given to the person who did the best job in each category. But the scolding tone of The Times' article implies racial basis.
Does the NBA hire the best players, or are they prejudiced against whites? How about the NFL?
I long for the day when we see people as just people and we resist the urge to bring race or gender into the mix whenever some group is under- or over-represented.
Bob Harbicht, Arcadia
To the editor: Have any Polish people been nominated for the Grammys? They're a minority. Viva Poland!
Bernadine Bednarz, Los Angeles