One Direction during a Grammys: Is Boy Band Baggage Holding Back …

November 29, 2017 - one direction

The Recording Academy never famous One Direction with a Grammy assignment when they were together, that is hapless though not shocking. On one hand, 1D constructed arguably a many estimable manuscript catalog from a child rope in story (especially if we’re not counting Boyz II Men). But afterwards again, 1D was a child rope combined by a existence TV array – frequency a kind of act that historically earns Grammy nominations, most reduction wins.

But when a boys of a rope pennyless out and began forging individualistic solo careers, it seemed like their Grammy fortunes competence change. There was 2016 hum that Zayn – who went solo before a group’s interregnum – could acquire a best new artist curtsy in 2017, though that was quashed by a Recording Academy, that argued he was distant too obvious to be deliberate a ‘new artist.’ (Fair enough: It’s not like we would have called Paul McCartney a ‘new artist’ in 1970 when he started his post-Beatles career.) Even so, Zayn got no adore for his No. 1 manuscript Mind of Mine or his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 strain “Pillowtalk” that year.

Now, with a 2018 Grammy nominations revealed, it’s looking like a 1D Grammy drought continues. For Zayn, nonetheless his Taylor Swift duet “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” was nominated for best strain created for visible media, he didn’t get anything – that difficulty usually rewards songwriters.

In fact, zero of a solo efforts from a now-quartet warranted Grammy love.

Okay, Liam Payne’s “Strip That Down” was never gonna get a curtsy — sure, it’s a bona fide hit, though a club-oriented popB lane is not a Recording Academy’s crater of tea. But both Harry Styles’ entrance manuscript and Niall Horan’s strike “Slow Hands” are secure in ’70s stone influences (David Bowie and Pink Floyd for a former, Eagles and Fleetwood Mac for a latter) that a Recording Academy typically celebrates. While Horan’s Flicker manuscript came out after this year’s eligibility duration (which ran by Sept. 30), “Slow Hands” could have perceived some courtesy in a cocktail categories. Same with Styles: It’s easy to suppose possibly a “Sign of a Times” singular or a Harry Styles manuscript removing adore in stone categories.

And yet, nothing. The reason is flattering easy to guess: In many voters’ minds, they’re still a “What Make You Beautiful” boys, some-more honourable of teenage devotion than Grammy gold. If 1D’s pierce toward adult transport on their final dual LPs didn’t pierce a Recording Academy, because would these solo efforts? 

In a Recording Academy’s defense, we could disagree that Harry Styles and “Slow Hands” only weren’t clever adequate – and some critics would behind that up. But it’s tough not to feel that if Styles or Horan had emerged in 2017 but any child rope baggage, during slightest one of them might’ve scored a nomination. 

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