There it was. In black and white. I had to search through a myriad of categories but once I saw it, I couldn’t stop staring. Glory To The King - Amber Sweeney, Songwriter Amber Sweeney. It’s on the ballots for the 57th Grammy Awards. It’s actually there. It’s not potentially there. It’s actually there.
I kept scrolling through various categories to see where Wonderland ended up. My heart dropped initially when I didn’t see it in the first couple of categories I submitted it in. Then I found it in a completely unexpected place, and then another. I couldn’t believe it. I’m on there three times. Mind you, I’m sandwiched in between some pretty big names, but I’m still on there, and every voting member who catches those big names will see my small name in the mix.
That’s the beauty of the Grammys. This organization is not as prejudice as one might imagine. Last year, Macklemore won 8 Grammys for The Heist. Everyone may have heard of Macklemore, but what most people don’t know is that they were, and still are, an independent band. They paved their own way and made their own success and won those awards on their own merit.
Each year, independent artists have faced off with the major label giants to content for an award given by their peers. Fellow artists and music professionals who qualify to becoming voting members, spend countless hours connecting and sharing their work with each other, asking for their consideration, and their criticisms. Even with major player influences, the Grammys at heart seem to be about honoring the art, the talent, and the efforts of musicians and engineers at every level. Sure the major players are favored, after all, they bring the sponsors, who bring the money…but that’s digression, this is still a semi-fair playing field, and this year, I finally get to play.
It’s time to get on the field. Let’s do this!