Well, I am currently a voting member of NARAS and have been for years. I'm also a contributor to Music Cares...A Grammy foundation to help musicians in need.
When our Lee Freeman (RIP) was addicted to alcohol Music Cares paid about $10,000.00 to put him in rehab at Michael's House in Palm Springs, CA. So I know our contributions are put to good use.
The Record companies on the other hand to make it known who they want to have win Grammy's. It's a big deal in the industry.
Not such a big deal to the artists but to the fans.
People rush out to purchase those songs which are chosen.
Even a nomination will boost sales and concert tickets.
The politics are within the record companies. NARAS tries to stay as pure as they can.
As voters we are sent all the nominated songs and are encouraged toilets to them all before casting our ballots.
We also do the nominating.
What happens though, are the songs that are most familiar tend to get more votes. But, it's still not like the Billboard awards. They are solely based on sales and chart positions.
By the way, we WERE given the Billboard Award for having a number one single!
: Hey Guys!
: I know how much it meant to the band to
: be awarded gold for the highly commercial
: aspects of the "I&P" single but as
: far as awards go,would you have greatly
: appreciated winning a Grammy or do you feel
: the much coveted industry trophy or do you
: feel that's just a lot of politics as many
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