GRAMMY Awards Show Takes a(n Imperfect) Stand on Domestic Violence

Last Sunday was the first time in a LONG time I watched and/or listened to an entire GRAMMYs show. (I admit I was also doing household chores…) While three plus hours is WAY too long for any show, I enjoyed many of the performances. And, who doesn’t get excited about seeing and listening to Prince. (Really. Who?)

Katy Perry performs onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter/WireImage
Katy Perry performs onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Credit: Kevin Winter/WireImage

I was also excited to see The Recording Academy take full advantage of the attention of the millions of viewers watching the 57th GRAMMY Awards (r) by taking a stand against domestic violence. I think the show’s producers did the right thing, even though The Academy was criticized for also honoring two singers charged with sexual misconduct and/or assault with nominations. In some ways, this combination showcases some of the complexity and pervasiveness of this public health issue, and that is a good thing. Any time people are talking about domestic violence, there is an opportunity for making progress towards its prevention and for supporting people who are already affected by it. So, kudos to The Recording Academy (and, President Obama, Brooke Axtell and Katy Perry) for going there, imperfections and all.

Next step? Hopefully The Recording Academy will link artists with credible resources and programs so they can take President Obama’s advice to help make a difference on this issue.

A good summary of the featured content and its praise and criticism:

“Grammys Called Hypocritical for Sending Domestic Violence Message While Nominating Chris Brown, R. Kelly”
by Madeline Boardman, February 9, 2015, US Weekly

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A credible resource (with links to other resources):

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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