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Will Anyone Miss the Golden Globes?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just realized that it might be a problem that they have no Black members.

HFPA Board Chair Meher Tatna, HFPA President Ali Sar, and HFPA Vice President Helen Hoehne at the Golden Globes 2021

To say it plain: Award shows are a farce.

Every year, the same routine: the same kinds of films (read: films by and about white men) are nominated, the same kinds of people (read: white people) take home most of the awards. Occasionally, there are surprises — this year it was Chloé Zhao's winning streak for Nomadland, Minari's delightful cast, and the joy that is Daniel Kaluuya — but more often, we leave disappointed and at least a little angry.

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CULTURE

10 Most Memorable Outfits of the Oscars 2021

What we all watch the Oscars for: the outfits

Chloe Zhao in Hermes with her Oscar for Best Director

The 2021 Oscars aired on Sunday March 25th. They were the climax of a strange and socially distant awards season which provided many memorable moments and even more memorable looks.

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Film News

Here Are All the 2021 Academy Award Nominees

See the full list of historic nominations.

We may still be thinking about this year's unusual Grammy Awards, but it's already time to focus on the next big show of awards season: the 2021 Academy Awards.

The 93rd annual Oscars ceremony is scheduled to go down on April 25, more than two months later than last year's show. Like most regularly-scheduled events in the past year, it's going to be a weird one, especially considering that most movie theaters have been empty since social distancing guidelines were first set into place.

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Music Features

Did the 2021 Grammys Suck Less Than Usual?

Beyoncé made history, Megan Thee Stallion brought down the house — is it just me, or were the Grammys actually OK this year?

No matter how invested you might be in the nominees, one thing's for certain year after year: Music's Biggest Night is pretty much guaranteed to be a bit of a disappointment.

From awkward performances to some truly unforgivable snubs, the Grammy Awards have become less like a celebration and more like an annual car accident you just can't look away from. Critics and musicians alike have gone on-record to say that, no matter what, the Grammys are pretty much guaranteed to suck in some capacity. The added requirement to make this year's show socially distanced seemed like a recipe for disaster… Except, it ended up being surprisingly tolerable.

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CULTURE

We Need to Talk About John Mayer

The legacy of misogyny and racism was alive and well at the Grammys, and his name was John Mayer

John Mayer at the Grammys 2021. Gross.

This year's Grammy Awards felt like a desperate attempt to modernize in the face of criticism and the fear of irrelevance.

While most of those attempts felt placating and performative rather than substantive, somehow this year's show was its best in years.

Summer 2020 saw the Grammys finally change the names of their "Urban" categories, which have long garnered criticism for Black artists for feeling segregated and secondary to the bigger (read: whiter), categories. However, the nominations revealed the same patterns and biases; and major artists like The Weeknd announced plans to boycott the ceremony and no longer submit their songs for consideration — joining artists like Frank Ocean, who have long voiced their disdain for the show.

Amidst the controversy surrounding the ceremony and other award shows struggling to keep viewers' attention this season, the Grammys' main bet this year was on its live performances and their ability to distract from the drama, keep its reputation, and entice fans to actually tune in.

And it kind of worked.

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Culture News

Why Artists Like The Weeknd Are Boycotting the Grammys

Many artists are fed up with the disappointing Grammy nominations and taking a stand.

Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd

When the 2021 Grammy nominations were announced, they were met with backlash from artists who felt snubbed, confined into the wrong categories, or who generally have distaste for award shows.

As the show nears, set to air on Sunday March 14th, more artists have taken a stand against the institution and are boycotting this year's ceremony.

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