In an intriguing piece of LA Times commentary, author Ernest Hardy reminds that it’s not just the Oscars that can be guilty of slighting an industry icon and then belatedly trying to make up for the oversights with a career nod. This weekend, it will be the Grammys’ turn to embrace the phenomenon of residual voter shame.
Hardy’s piece begins, simply, with the sentence “Diana Ross has never won a Grammy.” He notes that her Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony this Saturday will not be televised and frames this weekend’s “consolation prize” within a larger failure:
The Grammys aren’t the only place where 67-year-old Ross, a primary architect of modern pop culture over her five-decade career, has been undervalued. It’s long been fashionable to lampoon her in the media and in critical circles, to dismiss her voice and her trailblazing accomplishments–to cast her in the one-note role of incorrigible diva…
The unfavorable [biography] perceptions have seen Ross dismissed in ways that other legendary artists who’ve been passed over for a Grammy (the Who, the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Queen) have not.
Hardy supports his argument with some solid quotes from fellow author, including Princeton professor Daphne A. Brooks, currently at work on a tome entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women and Sound Subcultures.
[Photo of Ross performing in 2006: Anthony Correia/Shutterstock.com]