[- its no longer about the music an artist writes, or performs - its about how many column inches they can get in the tabloids due to Cowell and his Machine.
If you allow it to be, I agree. I love music, pretty much any music- not based on how much publicity it gains but because if I enjoy the beat I will listen to it. Attention seeking, fame hungry, talentless individuals are no more prolific now than 10 years ago- social media may have given them more platforms to get themselves noticed, but it's still our choice whether to buy the music.
I understand your point that it is annoying when music becomes the next big thing because of the amount of money a person has behind them that is how the truly questionable tracks get in the charts, but you cannot say that every band/ artist who is given that opportunity is automatically worth less just because they may not have spent 5 years busking in grungy pubs first.
For the music industry as a whole, yes the trend is swinging towards manufactured pop/dance some of which is atrocious- that's not going to change any time soon and if I stamp my feet and bemoan the existence of anyone who doesn't sing their own lyrics while playing a guitar, it still won't make any difference!
Music flows in waves the same as fashion, and in 15 years time it will probably be back to Rock or some other genre dominating the charts, which personally I will love, but until then ill continue to happily rave to Aviici / Take That/ QOTSA as the mood takes me without any involvement from the man in the high waisted black jeans