Did Justin Bieber Deserve to be Snubbed by Grammy Board?
When Justin Bieber’s voice changed, many of us declared his short career over. He was no longer able to sing his signature song “Baby” without having his voice crack (to the point of sounding like he had no vocal control) and, really, it seemed like his 15 minutes of fame were up.
No one counted on him finding a great vocal coaching team and working hard to learn to control his new, deeper voice. They modified the key of his older songs for live performances but, more importantly, they revamped his style for his new material.
When Biebs dropped “Boyfriend,” it was pretty surprising. He not only sounded like he had great control over his voice but he also had mastered the ability to bring a little falsetto into the mix. Combined with a more mature sound and lyrics, he really did a great job of reinventing himself while remaining relevant to his already established fanbase.
It was surprising for some, therefore, when he was left out of the Grammy nominations that were announced earlier this week.
You see, the kid was already crushed from losing out to Esperanza Spalding last year in the “Best New Artist” category but was expecting to redeem himself and it seemed like he, and many other people, believed that he had a chance after his success this past year.
When he was snubbed, his manager, Scooter Braun, unleashed his fury on Twitter and added: “To his fans...looks like we get to stay the underdog a little longer. #BRINGIT”
The thing is that neither of his singles, "Boyfriend" and "As Long As You Love Me" reached the top spot on the Hot 100 and this happens to be a bit of a tough year in terms of competition. When you think about tracks like “Call Me Maybe” (Carly Rae Jepsen), “We Are Young” (fun), "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (Kelly Clarkson) and “Somebody That I Used to Know” (Gotye), it might be easier to see how “Boyfriend” may have gotten lost in the shuffle.
Weigh in – did Justin Bieber deserve Grammy recognition?