12:18 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Dave Brubeck: The Macklemore of 1954?

For all the Twitter buzz, the Macklemore/Kendrick Lamar Grammy debacle seems like a story that could only be from 2014; this is isn't exactly the case, however, as the events draw striking parallels to 1954, when jazz musician Dave Brubeck made the cover of Time magazine.  It was a distinction that many—including Brubeck—believed should have gone to Duke Ellington, and it mirrors the uncomfortable position in which Macklemore finds himself today.  The racial element to both cases is problematic, and each story serves to highlight what is unfortunately one of music's most pervasive issues; you can read more about the events' similarities at A Blog Supreme.  

Dave Brubeck received a posthumous tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
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