Ben Sisario of the New York Times points out:
After a punishing decade for the music industry, the voters of the Recording Academy, the organization that bestows the awards, reversed its recent trend of showering acclaim on modest sellers, sticking instead to the biggest names in entertainment. Right behind Beyoncé, with three awards each, were the Black Eyed Peas, a powerhouse of radio-friendly hip-hop, and the alternative rock band the Kings of Leon.
Hmmm… I was lead to believe that the Grammys were supposed to be about recognizing artists of particular musical accomplishment, regardless of sales. What gave me that idea? Maybe it was this paragraph of NARAS’s (the organization that runs the Grammys) charter?
The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.