The nasty reveal of hidden politics on the right and the left in gaming the system was a rude wake up call to me.
I find Amazon best sellers list give me better recommendations than nonsense like Hugo's Chuck Tingle.
I was a bit surprised that Jemisin got her second Hugo in a row. I liked the Obelisk Gate, eager for the third one but then there are other great ones on that shortlist - Becky Chambers made me chuckle more than I can remember.
Still two in a row for the same person isn't that proof for a lack of diversity? /s <-- sadly needed these days 8-/
It's by design. Award shows are highly politicized and so is the publishing industry. They always have been.
If you want to get published, use a woman's name or an "ethnic" name because that's what the publishing industry wants.
There was the famous case a few years ago of Yi-Fen-Chou. Where a white man couldn't find a publisher for his literary works until he changed the author's name from Michael Derrick Hudson to Yi-Fen-Chou. And magically, his poem was selected for the "Best American Poems of 2015" anthology.
It's weird how society veers from one extreme to another. In the past, women and minorities changed/altered their names to make it sound more male/white. JK Rowling herself said that she used JK Rowling instead of Joanne Rowling because a woman's name would hurt her chances with publishers and audiences. Now, having a woman's name is a help rather than a hindrance.