Grammy's Slated For Al Walser's Nomination in Best Dance Recording, Artist Defends Himself
For the second year in a row, the Grammys have taken heat for allowing an unknown artist into a category amongst some of the industry's biggest players.
Last year it was Linda Chorney's inclusion in the Americana category. This year, the decision to recognise Al Walser alongside Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris and Skrillex in the best dance recording category has raised eyebrows to dizzy new heights.
"I think the Grammys need to take a hard look at their infrastructure to make sure that something this disgraceful doesn't happen again," music producer and DJ Tommie Sunshine said. Bill Freimuth, The Recording Academy's vice president of awards disagrees, and thinks the social media program allows independent and less well-known artists to boost their profile.
"I don't see it being eliminated," said Freimuth. "It's something that's relatively new and social networking programs in general are always in want of updating and revision and all of that. I think (a look at changes) should be considered part of the normal process, not a sort of fire drill because people are particularly unhappy with any particular nomination."
The artist himself, Swiss-born Liechtensteinian singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer Al Walser, defended the decision. "I was still surprised by some of the people questioning it, especially when they said it should be fraud or something because that couldn't be further from the truth, as we all know," he explained. "The other thing is I hope that this whole story is an inspiration for independent artists. ... Maybe I am that little engine that could."