Jefferson Westside residents lack interest for the Grammys

by Luisa Anderson

The Grammys award ceremony has celebrated musicians in the industry for the last 50 years, but Jefferson Westside Neighborhood residents say they will not be watching the award show this year.

A residential street within the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood

A residential street within the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood

This Sunday marks the 2013 Grammys, the record industry’s prestigious award ceremony in which nominees from different music genres are awarded in categories like song of the year and album of the year. While the Grammys is a prominent event within the recording industry, Jefferson Westside Neighborhood residents say they do not plan to watch the awards ceremony this year.

Jennifer Bokn, a secretary at the Eugene Faith Center, was more interested in news about

The Eugene Faith Center located on West 13th Avenue

The Eugene Faith Center located on West 13th Avenue

the recently released dress code than the nominations.  “You know in the paper they were talking about the low cut cleavage, but I think that’s what the Grammys are all about!” Bokn said.

CBS released a wardrobe advisory that was leaked on Deadline.com this week. The advisory warned to avoid identification of brand names, and that “obscenity or partially seen obscenity on wardrobe is unacceptable for broadcast.”

Other residents also said they were not interested in the Grammys, including Kenzie Murdock, an employee at Sweet Life Patisserie. Murdock has never watched the Grammys in its entirety, and she doesn’t plan to watch it at all this year. She most often listens to classic rock music, but while over one dozen rock artists are nominated for an award this year, she says the awards are not important to her. “I usually listen to music that is referred to me by a friend or just that I like,” Murdock said. “I don’t really care if they win awards or anything.”  Though Murdock does not follow the awards, she said she was not surprised by the nominees announced this year.

Mary Mete, a barista at Dutch Bros, said she enjoys listening to all kinds of music and was excited to hear that The Black Keys made the nominees list.  The Black Keys are nominated for five awards this year including album of the year for “El Camino” and record of the year for “Lonely Boy.” Despite her interest in the group, Mete does not plan to watch the ceremony.

The Grammys will broadcast this Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8/7 c on CBS.

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