I watched the Grammy’s the other night, not only because I am a huge music junkie, but also because I am a huge Madonna fan. I have seen her 3 times, and have probably seen more YouTube videos, movies, and documentaries about her then I would like to admit. Now, I have no doubt in my mind that she was absolutely incredible, but I find it very sad how the general public responds to her lately.
First of all, social media was blowing up about her age. In fact, I was laughing since Paul McCartney just released a song with Kanye West and young people were all over social media asking who he was. Younger generations have no respect or education on artists who paved the way for the singers on radio and iTunes today. The general public seems to pat older musicians on the back for paving the way, but when they release new music they are “clinging on to relevancy”. This seems to be a huge contradiction to me, because I have to ask how revolutionary artists like Madonna who are still rocking it at 56 are supposedly has been’s who have no business still making music.
What does age have to do with talent? Shouldn’t someone be applauded for jumping around on stage better than musicians half her age? Shouldn’t an artist like Madonna be applauded for making music for over 30 years now and STILL staying on the top of her game? I mean what do fans of musicians like Lady GaGa and Taylor Swift expect? Do they think they are going to make music until a certain age and then just quit?
It is a shame that musicians are being criticized for age instead of being praised for their talents. I can understand if they are just horrible, but musicians like Madonna are just getting better with age. The reality is that the general public needs to realize that ageism is a horrible thing, and for some reason it seems to always be a hot topic in the music industry.