Music awards are an important part of the music industry, rewarding the hard work of musicians and their record companies. The coveted accolades come with plenty of commercial benefits, but they also have the potential to influence the music itself. For example, a Grammy win might prompt a “don’t mess with success” mentality, encouraging artists to keep producing the same style of music that made them famous. Conversely, winning a major award might encourage artists to push the boundaries and take more risks with their music.
There are many different music awards, each honouring the best of the best in their respective genres. Some of the most prestigious include the Grammys, BRITs, and MTV VMAs. Each ceremony offers a chance for some truly spectacular performances and moments.
For example, Rihanna wowed the crowd at the 2015 Grammys with her infamous performance of Bitch Better Have My Money. Complete with a helicopter and some seriously sexy green fur, the singer was an absolute badass as she commanded the stage with a fierce attitude. Country star Jason Aldean was also a standout with his performance of Burnin’ It Down, taking the song to a whole new level by using real fire on stage.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards is another big event that honors the most popular artists in America. These awards are based on a combination of fan votes and chart data, and are televised live from Los Angeles. Taylor Swift has been a major winner at this award show in the past.
Billboard’s Music Awards is another well-known music award show. This ceremony celebrates the most popular songs and albums of the year, as determined by Billboard’s charts. While some critics accuse the awards of being overly commercial, others point to the high number of up-and-coming artists who have won at this prestigious event.
Other prestigious music awards include the Ivor Novello Awards, which are presented to talented songwriters and composers. The coveted statuette, named after Euterpe, the musical muse, is often seen at music awards shows.
The British Phonographic Industry’s (BPI) annual music awards, also known as the BRITS, are the biggest and most prestigious awards in the UK. Each year, 12 shortlisted albums compete for the prize, which is similar to the Turner Prize in art or the Booker Prize in literature. The judging panel for this prize is compiled of experts from across the music industry. In addition, this award show is known for its sexy red carpet and amazing performances from some of the most popular artists around.