The YouTube Music Awards – An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Now I bet you just read that and thought, Oh no, not another awards show, and I wouldnt blame you a bit for feeling that way. I can sympathize, but hear me out. Television music award shows as we know them today are shams, with the judging based on loose criteria that seems to shift with the latest social media popularity trends. Lets take a look at what we currently have. MTV Video Music Awards? The channel doesnt even play music videos anymore, so how are they qualified to award anything? The Peoples Choice Awards? The final vote may be the peoples choice, but how about the nominations? Isnt it interesting that you can name the nominees before theyre even nominated? Then we have the Grammys. Having been a voting member (Im not any longer), I can tell you that some of the more popular categories have literally hundreds and hundreds of nominees. When youre voting your eyes start to glaze over just reading them all, let alone trying to listen to even a smattering. As a result, who do you think you end up selecting? The most popular and visible, not the most deserving.
I feel really great at the recognition Sufi, folk and ghazals amongst the younger audiences. There’s tremendous appreciation of such music amongst them. Folk music has always been an important form of music because it is based on traditional thoughts and practices. That’s why they are so popular. Has the popularity of ghazals dipped post the era of Ghulam Ali and passing away of Jagjit Singh? Ghazal is still appreciated. But the era of Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan and Jagjit Singh was the greatest. Sufi music is my absolute favourite because I get inner peace singing it. How do you see Indian music scene as compared to Pakistan’s? India is a huge market compared to Pakistan. Pakistani artists love to come to India and perform here. Performing in India is very important for all the Pakistani artists not only because Indians appreciate good music and good artists, but also because they get wider audience reach here. However, music has no boundaries and no one knows this better than the artists of both countries.
Sinead O’Connor Writes Open Letter Advising Miley Cyrus Not To ‘Prostitute’ Herself To The Music Industry
The controversial Irish singer-songwriter writes that she was inspired to reach out to Cyrus after “dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your ‘Wrecking Ball’ video was designed to be similar to the one for ‘Nothing Compares.’ “In the spirit of motherliness and with love,” O’Connor goes on to say: The music business doesnt give a sh about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, they will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone … I repeat, you have enough talent that you dont need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldnt let them make a fool of you either. Ethan Miller/Getty Miley Cyrus told Rolling Stone her ‘Wrecking Ball’ video was designed to be similar to the one for O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares.’ Read O’Connor’s complete, intense, obscenity-filled, open letter below: Dear Miley, I wasnt going to write this letter, but today ive been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares So this is what I need to say And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love. I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way cool to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping. Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent. I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you. The music business doesnt give a sh about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, they will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone. None of the men oggling you give a sh about you either, do not be fooled.