A year in music is always filled with controversy, nearly as much of it as music produced. This year saw the rise of online petitions and the attempts to stop the performance of artists and the rise of streaming services war. See the top ten controversies of the year:
Miley Cyrus hosts the VMA’s
We all knew that Miley hosting the VMAs would garner some controversy; I don’t think anyone prepared for how much. From her use of the f word, her nip slip, beef with Nicki Minaj and claims from a clothing label that she stole their style, her hosting of the VMAs was defiantly a success. Nearly 4 controversies in one night, has to be some kind of record.
Streaming Music Showdown
Jay Z and some massive artists decided to declare war on Spotify this year, well also Apple Music. While Tidal has spectacularly failed Apple Music was able to grab some big name artists (I wonder why? The pe6ople who control the production, distribution, and music hardware somehow have the influence and money to convince big name artists to their side.). This debate will rage on for ages, who is better? Is streaming good? And more questions that will never be properly answered, at least not for a while.
Tyler, The Creator cancels Australian tour
Feminist group ‘Collective Shout’ made an online petition to get Tyler, The Creator banned from playing in Australia because he somehow promoted violence against women. You can imagine this sparked an outrage and Tyler just didn’t want to deal with it, and cancelled his tour. The censorship of art wins again. He also replied in his song ‘Fuck It’ in which he says "Tell Australia I'm sneaking in with a mic in my damn hand, instead of the vegetables that I packed in my backpack.”
Viet Cong name change
After years of people saying their name was racist, Viet Cong finally caved in and decided to change their name. Shows have been cancelled because of their ‘offensive’ name and I guess after a while they just decided they had enough stating "Art and music are about creative expression. However, our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it." But you know this sparked a large debate about whether their name was offensive or not.
Action Bronson NXNE show moved due to online petition
Another online petition causes this uproar. A petition was launched against Action Bronson for his violent lyrics and objectification of women. Because of the controversy NXNE decided to move his show.
Chris Brown refused access to Australia over domestic abuse charges
After a bunch of yelling and hollering Chris Brown was denied entry into Australian on character grounds because of his domestic abuse case against Rhianna. A bit of a political move, as Australian government is currently attacking domestic abuse and they needed to show their muscles. Funny because he toured in 2012 and no one said a word. This decision defiantly got a lot of people mad. From his fans defending him or bringing up the hypocrisy of the government, and those who believe that he shouldn’t be allowed in because he is a criminal.
Billboard Top Ten Rappers list
Holy Shit a best of list didn’t have 2pac on it! This list caused a lot of controversy in the rap world because some felt it was, well, a poor list. The Game shared his thoughts on the list: "y'all trippin on the order of this bullshit & bitch where the fuck 2Pac & Ice Cube ???...I guess Lauren Hill can out rap @SnoopDogg right ? Y'all out y'all mothafuckin' mind !!! & just disrespect LL Cool J & KRS ONE huh ??? (Now I'm bout to roll my blunt to "Doggystyle" jump on my tour bus & zone out to "All Eyes On Me", followed by "Makaveli" & "Death Certificate" & take me a fuckin nap on this bullshit..... then wake up & read the comments while a bunch of non hip hop educated fuck boys argue below... #FuckYallList”
Meek Mill and Drake Ghost-writing
So Meek Mill called out Drake for ghost-writing and the hip hop world decided to bury Meek. Authenticity is out the window. However it was easily the biggest beef of the year in rap and sparked a lot of discussion about authenticity, ghost-writing and the state of hip hop.
Young Thug Barter
Young Thug is an amazing troll. He had his sights on Lil Wayne early in the year. He decided to call his album Carter 6 as a way to diss Lil Wayne. But after a lawsuit he changed the name to Barter 6. This controversy caused a lot of beef between Young Thug and some big name rappers. But let’s face it, Young Thug will create controversy no matter what, cause that’s just what he does best, if it isn’t trolling it is wearing women’s clothing.
Kanye West at the Grammys
Did yall think a controversy list would be complete without Kanye? Kanye sparked a lot of controversy over his comments about Becks album of the year win, claiming that the Grammys should respect artistry. Although he did later apologize it did not stop the flow of hate he received. Honestly just put anything he did this year on this list, cause nearly everything he does causes some type of controversy.
Written By Rhys Prka