“Despacito” was snubbed at the Grammys. The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee joint, thanks to a remix from Justin Bieber, captured the hearts of America, spending 43 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 (ahem, there are only 52 in a year), including 16 weeks in the No. 1 spot. That means it’s tied with a Mariah Carey song for most weeks at No. 1. (MARIAH CAREY!!!) The music video—sans Justin Bieber—became the first in YouTube history to break 3 billion views. I’m just saying: “Despacito” was nominated for three Grammys and lost each one. Booooooooo.
Joke’s on the Recording Academy though, because even though its prestigious award show didn’t send Fonsi and Yankee home with any trophies, it did inadvertently send them home with more money, and that’s all I care about. According to Nielsen Music, song downloads for “Despacito” jumped 263% on the day of the Grammys, from 3,000 sales the day before (Saturday) to 10,000 on Sunday, as Billboard reported.
Kesha, also snubbed at the Grammys (once again, boooooooooo), saw an even bigger spike in downloads (720%, dang!) for her song “Praying,” which she performed live at the 2018 award show.
The Recording Academy says it doesn’t take sales or chart positions into consideration when its members nominate and vote on the year’s best artists. But you know who does care about sales? Me. Because I care about the artists I like and their ability to get that money. So thanks for nothing, the Academy! Critical recognition is out; living better through making more money than your enemies is in.