The Grammys arrive on Sunday. Does it matter who wins, or is the show just meaningless, undeserved awards peppered in between performances?
The Grammys matter
While there have been outright controversial picks (Jethro Tull, pictured, over Metallica in 1989 for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance,” anyone?) the Grammys exist for a basic reason: To let the people who do that stuff for a living tell you what’s best. Grammy winners usually represent the best (and most purchased) records that came out in the previous year. I know it’s cool to hate pop music and its ilk, but remember what “pop” fully stands for. Also, for every award winner that simply pumps out crappy tunes, there’s a Questlove or Dave Grohl voting as Academy members there to keep the rest honest. Don’t worry, they know what they’re doing. – Ernest Wilkins, @REmixChicago