Many people in the entertainment industry aspire to win a major award. Some singers, for example, hope to win a Grammy, while some actors wish to win a Grammy. There are hundreds of lesser award ceremonies, of course, though it’s the bigger, more important ones that many want to be recognised by. But do any of these highly coveted awards matter? Does winning a Grammy or an Oscar, for example, actually mean anything at all?
Yes – it can give you a career boost
Though viewing figures for some award shows are declining, they still attract millions of viewers. Being nominated for a major award gets you a lot of extra publicity that can only mean a career boost of sorts; even if you don’t win, the short-term boost is surely better than nothing? These days, a key part of being successful in the entertainment is having lots of exposure and being well known. Just being nominated for a major award can give you a boost and winning can give you an ever greater boost. That’s one of the main reasons why so many people want to win a major award.
No – there are other ways to get career boosts
On the other hand, you can argue that major awards aren’t really worth much since you can have a perfectly successful career without ever winning one. Sure, they can give you more exposure, but they’re not the be all and end all – there are plenty of other ways in which people in the entertainment industry get noticed and subsequently get more jobs, sell more records etc. Some would say that there are too many award shows and that the more shows there are, the less meaningful each award becomes. There’s also the fact that many shows hand out a huge number of awards. The 2018 Grammys, for example, had over 80 different awards handed out.
What do you think?
Are people really that bothered about awards, or are their reactions at winning exaggerated? Does winning a major award mean anything besides having a potentially short-lived career boost, or is there more to it than that? Would such a fuss be made over them if they didn’t give career boosts? Since you can have a perfectly successful career without winning any awards, is there any point to them at all?