The Grammys arrive on Sunday. Does it matter who wins, or is the show just meaningless, undeserved awards peppered in between performances?
The Grammys matter
Jethro Tull, pictured, over Metallica in 1989 for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance,” anyone?) the Grammys exist for a basic reason: To let the people who do that stuff for a living tell you what’s best. Grammy winners usually represent the best (and most purchased) records that came out in the previous year. I know it’s cool to hate pop music and its ilk, but remember what “pop” fully stands for. Also, for every award winner that simply pumps out crappy tunes, there’s a Questlove or Dave Grohl voting as Academy members there to keep the rest honest. Don’t worry, they know what they’re doing. – Ernest Wilkins, @REmixChicago
The Grammys don’t matter
If you believe flute-featuring Jethro Tull is one of the best heavy metal bands of all time, Milli Vanilli was made up of two of the most accomplished singers ever or "Who Let the Dogs Out?" should deserve any kind of honor, then you might think the Grammy Awards matter. The rest of us know Metallica should have won that Grammy, that Milli Vanilli--made up of no one who actually sang the recorded music that won a Grammy--is a stain on music history and that the Baha Men should never be allowed near a recording studio ever again. -- Brian Moore, @redeyesportsguy