Alessia Cara isn’t letting anyone bring her down following her Grammy win this year for Best New Artist. As you may know, Alessia faced criticism following the Academy’s veneration of her talent because she allegedly had her breakout track in 2015, making her technically unable to receive the award, considering she isn’t “new” anymore.
The 21-year-old singer took to Instagram on the 29th of January and told all of the haters why she’s still proud of the award. Cara said she “didn’t ask to be submitted” as a nominee; the award was given to her by someone else.
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. 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 played no role in determining the recognition, Cara merely received it. According to the 21-year-old, she isn’t going to be upset just because people on the internet are unpleased with the outcome of the ceremony.
She has dreamed of receiving such an award her entire life, and it’s something for which she’s work hard. Cara added that she meant everything she said while accepting the award and commented on the industry as a “popularity contest.”
As you may know, the ceremony this year, like many others, was criticized by people alleging that there were too many awards given to men.
Furthermore, Ed Sheeran took home the honor for Best Solo Pop Performance when he was the only nominee, a severe upset to women who expected a girl to receive the recognition.
Celebrity Insider reported yesterday that the artist, Pink, wrote a scathing note on her Twitter account slamming a Recording Academy exec for his comments.
Mark Portnow, who is the President of the Recording Academy, said that women need to “step up” their game if they want awards. The exec stated that the world would welcome them too.