LOS ANGELES — The Grammys have released their 2014 nominees, including all of the candidates for the inaugural “Best Performance of Black Music by a White Artist” category.
The nominees for the new award, which will be given out based on “achievements in minstrelsey” are Robin Thicke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Drake, and Miley Cyrus. It was Cyrus’ only nomination. Carole King will also be honored with the Elvis Presley Cooptation Award, given for lifetime achievement in profiting off of the achievements of another group of people.
Thicke is considered the favorite to win the award after his straight-up theft of Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” for use in his Male Gaze anthem (and song of the year nominee) “Blurred Lines.” The Canadian-American R&B singer’s publicist released a statement thanking the Grammy nominations committee, saying “Robin is proud and humbled to be considered for this honor, and he would like to offer his sincere thanks to all black people, past and present, for creating works worth stealing. Robin would himself like to be black, were it not for his severe dislike of being oppressed.”
Cyrus was unavailable for comment, as she was too busy watching old 2 Live Crew videos on YouTube with pencil and paper in hand.
David Sharp is Senior Assimilator for the Whiskey Journal and he got the idea for this article from a Gwendolyn Brooks poem.
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