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Alessia Cara Responds to Backlash Over Best New Artist Grammys Win

Alessia Cara Responds to Backlash Over Best New Artist Grammys Win

Alessia Cara won the award for Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammys this weekend!

There are some who were taking to social media, upset that one of the other nominees (Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, and Julia Michaels) did not win. Alessia‘s debut single, “Here,” was first released back in 2015.

“to address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto grammy.com and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment. but I was nominated and won and I am not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was a kid, not to mention have worked really hard for,” Alessia posted on Instagram.

Click inside for the full statement from Alessia…

“I meant everything I said about everyone deserving the same shot. there is a big issue in the industry that perpetuates the idea that an artist’s talent and hard work should take a back seat to popularity and numbers. and I’m aware that my music wasn’t released yesterday, I’m aware that, yes, my music has become fairly popular in the last year. but I’m trying very hard to use the platform I’ve been given to talk about these things and bring light to issues that aren’t fair, all while trying to make the most of the weird, amazing success I’ve been lucky enough to have. I will not let everything I’ve worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments and feeling the need to tell me how much I suck. here’s something fun! I’ve been thinking I suck since I was old enough to know what sucking meant. I’ve beat u to it. And that’s why this means a lot to me. despite my 183625 insecurities, I’ve been shown that what I’ve created is worth something and that people actually give a shit. all of the years feeling like I wasn’t good at anything or that I was naive for dreaming about something improbable have paid off in a way that I have yet to process. I know it sounds cheesy and dumb but it’s the honest truth. thanks to everyone who’s shown me kindness and support along the way. I’ll stop talking now,” she continued.

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  • moody

    everyone needs to shut the fuck up already.

  • Just Saying

    Lmao everyone knows the Best New Artist grammy is practically cursed. Watch her continue to be irrelevant and disappear by the end of the year xD

  • Mafer Garrido

    oh sweetie, you DO submit yourself. In fact, it’s very well known you’ve submitted yourself for the past three years as New Artist (the rules allowed you to) until you finally got nominated and won. It’s true that it’s not your fault and haters can go F off, but don’t pretend you and your team didn’t have anything to do with this.

  • wearing

    I don’t really listen to music, but out of all of these, I’ve heard of SZA the most often and the loudest

  • Lanes

    I live outside of the US, and she’s the most popular of those artists where I live. She deserved the award for sure. Good on ya, girl!

  • John Black

    she thinks we don’t know- but somehoe i like her

  • mxxm

    An award when she released her debut album in 2015? Ok then

  • mxxm

    What is the music industry version of a casting couch?

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  • Legendary Trolly

    It dropped in 2015. The Grammy’s have a deadline of a year. Her album would have to drop in 2016 to qualify.

  • Lanes

    A “new artist” is defined for the GRAMMY process as any performing artist or established performing group who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist or established group as a performer. i.e. they need to have never been nominated for a grammy as a performer before (Ed Sheeran was nominated as a songwriter first, then as. “New” artist the following year). From 2017, the criteria changed so to be eligible in the category of Best New Artist, the artist, duo, or group:

    1. Must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums.
    2. May not have entered into this category more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group.
    3. Must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the eligibility period.

  • Legendary Trolly

    All that was confusing. But to make it clear, according to the new rules, she was eligible, even though she dropped in 2015?

  • AnonymouslyOnymous

    Yep lol