Why the Grammys Disappointed

By Holly Bailey

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Beyonce performs at the 2014 Grammys (photo / foxnews.com)

By Holly Bailey | Staff Writer

January 29, 2014

If you were one of the 28.5 million people who tuned into the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, you may have picked a favorite live performance during the show.

If you were E! online, you may have ranked Beyonce’s promiscuous performance with her husband number one.

There is a delicate decision that social media must make — between what is to be commended and what is to be condemned.

The catch, however, is that most of the performances media spotlights fall far short of classy.

Beyonce, appropriated with endless amounts of steamy fog, sultry damp hair, a skimpy bodysuit, fishnet tights and a chair, performed her hit song “Drunk in Love” on the biggest musical stage of the year.

(photo / grammys56.com)

As a prestigious award show, one might expect the Recording Academy to select appropriate musicians who reflect its values to perform onscreen for millions of Americans.

Beyonce spent her airtime provocatively showcasing her figure as she shifted around on a chair while singing and booty-shaking, before joining husband Jay Z.

Yet because the Grammy’s brand is slapped onto the screen alongside Beyonce, most of America seems to have overlooked the racy nature of such a performance.

In effect, such risqué performances have become mainstream.

Few young people lift an eyebrow upon watching Beyonce and performers like her. The social media certainly doesn’t either.

E! news, a pop culture reporting outlet, ranked Beyonce and Jay Z as the best singers of the night, strongly praising her fierceness.

“We would watch these two watch paint dry. Thankfully, they dirty grinded instead,” the article playfully stated.

In contrast, when Miley unleashed her promiscuous twerking and dirty dancing skills at the VMAs last year, she was widely deemed too radical for human eyes and countless outlets condemned her. Many argued that she was being a bad role model for all the young people who could easily fall under her influence.

This discrepancy in social media judgement is frustrating to see; Beyonce performs in a similar fashion to Miley — albeit less intensely– and hardly anyone raises a red flag.

At least teens were aware that Cyrus’ performance was intensely controversial. Perhaps it’s because Beyonce and other scantily clad performers are a few years older that the public cuts them more slack.

This justification would be understandable, if it were not for the fact that the Grammy Awards are not broadcast solely to adults.

Provocative performances are far from new, but when they increasingly make it on to the most prestigious stage of the year without a hitch, are lovingly embraced by social media, and are considered unalarming by many young people, it is clear society has faltered in its morals.

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