Awards season is upon us once again and we’re set for another month or so of red carpets, cringey jokes and plenty of ‘what is she wearing’ articles.
From the BAFTAs to the Oscars and the BRITs to the Grammys, stars from the film and music industries will be honoured on both national and international stages.
But are these industry love-ins really that necessary anymore?
Gone are the days of on-stage antics from the likes of Kanye West and Jarvis Cocker, instead replaced by meticulously managed performances of whatever new single Coldplay have out.
And it is often easy to predict who’ll win – usually it’s whoever boasts the biggest adversitising budget.
Music’s Mercury Prize, for example, is now simply a cheap PR tool – a competition record companies pay for their bands to enter.
Being able to slap a ‘nominee’ sticker on their album cover for a couple of months is the all important reward.
Even more concerning is the recent complaints that these events are unreppresentative.
Many have called out the Oscar’s lack of black nominees, and DJ Grimes recently highlighted how Canada’s Juno awards were snubbing women.
These show a wider problem – one of accessibility for women and minority groups.
Perhaps the entertainment industry needs to scrap its annual grandiose parties – and focus on some of the more pressing issues it faces.