The Billboard 2016 music awards was filled with great performances from many artists who frequently make headlines everywhere. From the beautiful emotional presence of Kesha to the acrobatic movements and powerful singing of P!nk – the ceremony had its overall amazing moments. But there’s one thing that just didn’t click, and it had nothing to do with the performances nor the artists that were there.
It was more so, the nomination process. Because if we go by actual facts, girl groups Fifth Harmony and Little Mix had an amazing 2015 year. Both groups’ respective singles ‘Worth It’ & ‘Black Magic’ had an immaculate presence in the 2015 pop scene.
‘Worth It’ was an absolutely smash worldwide and on the Billboard charts reached a peak of #12 with a 3x platinum certification! ‘Black Magic’, while only peaking at #67 on the Billboard charts was still certified Gold for selling over 500,000 copies in the states. In addition, Little Mix released their Get Weird album the same year and debuted and peaked at #13 which entitled the girls to receive the recognition of being the first U.K. girl group with three consecutive top 15 albums on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Again, it seems that female acts/girl groups seemingly get the shorter end of the stick when it comes to recognition. Even the best selling female girl group of all time in the history of music (the Spice Girls) never received a Grammy nomination – yet they were huge 90’s icons. Not even a nod for Best New Artist: nothing, zip, zero.
So while we don’t know what happens behind the scenes and/or minds of these award ceremony “pickers” and “choosers”, all that can be said is that these women deserve more praise for their musical achievements so far in the industry. These girls literally inspire other young teens and even adults every day.
It’s not a cliche to be inspired by others. That’s how we partially grow as humans – sometimes we see and gain motivation from others. It’s a daily cycle.
Whether it be through the girl groups’ respective music, musical achievements, personalities, etc. This isn’t about a competition. This is about giving women and girl groups like Fifth Harmony and Little Mix the praise they deserve. Because at the end of the day, these nine girls are humans just like the rest of us.
The music industry may have its hidden doors, but these girls are making sure to bust down the doors of misogyny and sexism.
Give them compassion, give them courage. And more importantly, give them the hardworking thanks they so definitely need.
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