Every awards season as of late ushers in a conversation about the lack of diversity among both nominees and winners. This year, we've pulled thousands of data points from a variety of platforms to see what the numbers had to say, and have presented it in a data visualization below.
The BET awards group many of their award categories by sex, so we looked at one of the few categories open to both men and women: Best New Artist. Since its inception, 34% of BET's Best New Artist nominees have been women. Similarily, 19% of the category's winners have been women. For two years (2004 and 2012) there were no female nominees for the category.
Here, you can toggle between wins and nominations. Toggling between the sexes in the pie chart will also be reflected in the line graph to give you a sense of the discrepancy over time. Under the line graph you'll see the list of nominations for each year. When you toggle the pie chart, the discrepancy will also be highlighted here.
|Winner||Nelly||Alicia Keys||50 Cent||Kanye West||John Legend||Chris Brown||Jennifer Hudson||The-Dream||Keri Hilson|
|Nominations||India Arie||Ashanti||Floetry||Chingy||Clara||Chamillionaire||Corinne Bailey Rae||Estelle||Kid Cudi|
|Lil' Bow Wow||B2K||Heather Hedley||Anthony Hamilton||Fantasia||Ne-Yo||Gnarls Barkley||Florida||Ryan Leslie|
|Musiq Soulchild||Craig David||Sean Paul||Ruben Studdard||The Game||Rihanna||Lupe Fiasco||Chrisette Michelle||M.I.A|
|Jill Scott||Tweet||Justin Timberlake||Pharrell Williams||Omarion||Paul Wall||Mims||Soulja Boy||Jazmine Sullivan|
|Winner||Nicki Minaj||Wiz Khalifa||Big Sean||Kendrick Lamar||August Alsina||Sam Smith||Bryson Tiller||Chance the Rapper||TBD|
|Nominations||Justin Bieber||J.Cole||ASAP Rocky||Joey Badass||Ariana Grande||Dej Loaf||Alessia Cara||21 Savage||GoldLink|
|Melanie Fiona||Bruno Mars||Diggy||Azealia Banks||Rich Homie Quan||Fetty Wap||Andra Day||Cardi B||Daniel Caesar|
|Wale||Miguel||Future||Trinidad James||ScHoolboy Q||Bobby Shmurda||Kehlani||Khalid||SZA|
|Young Money||Willow Smith||Meek Mill||The Weekend||Mack Wilds||Rae Sremmurd||Tory Lanez||Young MA||H.E.R|
|Tinashe||A Boogie wit da Hoodie|
This graph compares this year's nominees in terms of their Spotify popularity index and followers.
This graph compares this year's nominees in terms of their Instagram followers and average likes per post.
This information was pulled from albumoftheyear.org, an aggregator of both critical and listener reviews.
click on the artist to get a more in-depth look at their reception
Subjectivity is, to varying degrees, inherent to each music awards show. But the numbers seem to make a compelling case for SZA as being, if not the best new artist, certainly the most culturally relevant new artist among this year's nominees
These metrics were pulled and analyzed directly from BET, Instagram, Spotify, and albumoftheyear. These sources were chosen based on their social relevance and the objective metrics they provide.
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