Last night’s Grammys ceremony ended with a chill and a chillingly familiar story: Harry Styles, a white, well-connected singer, won Album of the Year, while rappers and Black women were once again overlooked. This isn’t a new problem, and it’s one that’s been mirrored in the Grammys for decades. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the history of the Grammys, the successes and milestones of this year’s ceremony, and the incoherence underlying the awards show that makes it so maddening. We’ll also discuss how the battle for Album of the Year is bound up with listener demographics, and how the Grammy voters tend to favor certain sounds over others. It’s time to take a closer look at the Grammys and the underlying issues that this awards show brings to light.