Here's what one of my friends thinks:
You have to start with the premise that usurpation of black culture is as old as the country. One would have thought that challenging music such as avant-garde jazz or hip-hop would have been “too black” for the host culture to appropriate but that wasn’t the case. What history has proved is that the American society absorbs all indigenous culture, dilutes it & brings it mainstream. The process is never about acknowledgement, rather it’s solely about profits. No group has given more to this country & has got so little in return as blacks. American, in an effort to pat itself on the back, will allow the elevation of a few but mostly still want to keep blacks in cages.
British rockers & early white Chicago imitators truly loved the blues & some were quite good at it. A number of 1st generation & a few 2nd generation bluesmen benefited monetarily from the increased spotlight but the far majority remained in obscurity. The media in its total ignorance thought BB King was the beginning & end of the blues & had little regard for anyone else. So it’s no wonder that the Grammys would consider a black bluesman as inauthentic. The Grammys, as the Oscars, are popularity contents that want to showcase stars. Otherwise who would watch such bull shit.