September 30, 2008

Women Disappear from Hip-Hop Awards

How can it be that in 2008 two major music shows can get away with not nominating women. EW reports that the Hip-Hop Honors and the BET Hip-Hop Awards have not nominated a single female rapper. It also goes on to report that the Grammy's might not include female rappers since the 2005 removal of the Best Female Rap Solo category. Seems that very few women were submitted for consideration?

How is this possible? Here's one reason given:

''Hair and makeup is killing female hip-hop,'' says a source. ''The grooming cost to break a female rapper versus a male rapper is 10 times as much per appearance. That tends to have an adverse effect on a record company's willingness to even entertain a female rapper.''
So unbelievably pathetic.
BET and VH1 Present…Awards Shows Without Women (EW)