Posted By UnaRocks on 17 Jul 2007 8:47 AM
"the token black rapper" - what a silly thing to say, DR's record is amazing. He's not a token anything.
I hope Bat For Lashes wins though. Brilliant album.
Una, let us not fight, I love you! I read your brilliant blog every day....but I stand by my 'tokenism' argument. Go through the list: the token singer-songwriter (Fionn), the token NME bands (NY Pony Club), token band from the latest fad/scene/movement, this year it's 'Nu-Rave' so we have Klaxons, token kooky, Tori Amos/PJ Harvey type (Bat For Lashes), token curveball act that absolutely no-one has heard of (Basquiat Strings), token established act (Arctic Monkeys), token act to keep the Q readers happy (Winehouse), token eccentric/maverick: Jamie T (give me a break!) and so on....there has been a token black or Asian artist every year so this year's it's Dizzee, last year Sway, 2005-M.I.A, 2004-Ty, 2003-Soweto Kinch (nope, me neither) and so on, I never said Dizzee's album is rubbish I just meant they always have to put in a non-white artist just in case the Daily Mail accuses them of racism etc, eventhough their album could well be crap...eg, if Ty and Soweto Kinch were so good for their albums to be included on the list, where are they now?....there are 2 great albums on the list Maps and Bat For Lashes but to be honest I've just never understood giving out awards for music, it's a completely alien concept to me as listening to music is a totally subjective and deeply emotional experience on a personal level, it should never be about competition....