A couple weeks ago I wrote in this column that I was cheering for Carly Rae Jepsen to win gold at the Grammys. I faced some criticism – maybe even call it backlash – for my public Jepsen pep rally. Why? A few reasons. And in hindsight, I think I might have actually been wrong, anyway.
I said I was looking forward to Jepsen winning because she’s a down-to-earth person and has worked really hard to get where she’s at. She was writing music before appearing on Canadian Idol and perhaps the now-cancelled reality show gave her a boost that a few years later she’s touring Europe with Justin Bieber.
But many readers are right: do you deserve to win a top music award just because you are a nice person? No.
Earlier in the month I chatted with Canadian Idol judges Zack Werner and Jake Gold for my syndicated radio shows. In the two-hour broadcast we featured a tribute to Jepsen. While Werner and Gold noted they were happy and hopeful for Jepsen, I couldn’t help but leave the interview feeling they weren’t certain she would win.
While both agreed that winning a Grammy is a huge acknowledgement to a music career, Werner said there is the fear of being a one-hit wonder. Yes, Call Me Maybe was a catchy song that took the world by storm but it could also be that popularity that sinks her. How can you outdo such a big hit? The answer is: hope and pray, really.
On Grammy night, Jepsen was up against music powerhouses Rihanna and Adele. Keep in mind that the Grammys are voted on by people in the music industry, so crowning Jepsen for a pop hit seemed far-fetched at best given that there wasn’t anything special about the song vocally or lyrically. As we see on the Idol competitions you need to show vocal range and singing ability to be considered “good.” Instead, the song just happened to have a catchy tune.
I was also shocked to see Facebook and Twitter celebrate Jepsen’s losses saying her 15 minutes are up and that had she beat out the heavy hitters there would have been an uproar within the music community. That is sad considering all genres of artist celebrate music at the Grammys.
It sucks to have a song that everybody loved but was so overplayed that people now root for you to fail.