Alessia Cara Speaks Out On Criticism After Winning “Best New Artist” Grammy Award

Singer Alessia Cara won the “Best New Artist” award at on Sunday’s 2018 GRAMMYS, despite her album coming out in 2015.

Many were not happy about this, and questioned why she had won over “newer” artists such as DJ Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, SZA and Julia Michaels, most of whom nobody seems to know either. But, with Alessia’s 172 million and 67 million views for her two most popular songs on YouTube, obviously somebody is listening.

However, the singer refuses to be upset over the controversy, and believes she’s worked hard enough for the award. She explained that she had “no control” over her win, and didn’t submit herself for the category, nor did she ask to be.

Alessia wrote a lengthy post on Instagram, explaining that she will not let everything she had worked hard for be “diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments and feeling the need to tell me how much I suck.”

She also made some criticism of her own towards the music industry, saying that the focus should be more on an artist’s talent and hard work rather than just popularity.

“I meant everything I said about everyone deserving the same shot,” she wrote. “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.”

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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.

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Alessia ends her message simply by telling her haters that she’s already beaten them when it comes to criticising herself as an artist.

“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 183,625 insecurities, I’ve been shown that what I’ve created is worth something and that people actually give a s—.”

“All of the years feeling like I wasn’t good at anything or that I was naïve for dreaming about something improbable have paid off in a way that I have yet to process,” she continued. “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.”

Source: NY Daily News

Despite the harsh criticism, Alessia hasn’t let any of it bring her down, and stands by what she said about earning her award. Haters gonna hate, you know?

So, why not go check out some of her music on YouTube, to see what you think and do let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

 

<Story by Emily Clark>

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