Brampton's Alessia Cara Responds to Backlash After Winning Grammy
After Alessia Cara made history by winning a Grammy Award on Sunday, the internet has mixed emotions. Cara had to deal with some negativity…but she fought back and it was awesome.
At Sunday’s 60th Annual Grammy Awards, 21-year-old singer Alessia Cara was the very excited recipient of the Best New Artist award — her first Grammy. She’s the first Canadian artist to win in the prestigious category, beating out such previous Canadian nominees as Drake and Justin Bieber.
Cara, who was up against Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and Sza, was clearly shocked and grateful to have won the award.
this is so weird and I’ll never quite process it but thank u so much for ur continuous love and support and belief in me and wow and yeah— ac (@alessiacara) January 29, 2018
But the internet had a lot to say about it, mostly questioning her “newness” in the industry and her eligibility to win the award.
NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) January 29, 2018
alessia cara hasnt dropped an album since 2015. uzi has dropped 6 projects since 2015. talk about snubbery— fbg mike (@trapyeezus) January 29, 2018
Alessia Cara has been a new artist for 30 years. y’all fucking knew SZA deserved. this is the type of shit we be talking about.— Richey Collazo (@RlCHEYY) January 29, 2018
She does have a loyal fanbase that backed her up online.
for all of you saying alessia didn’t deserve that grammy bc she isn’t a “new artist”— dani (@lovebringsflwrs) January 29, 2018
*sza first ep released 2012
*khalid first single released 2016
*julia michaels first ep released 2010
*lil uzi vert first ep released 2014
*alessia cara first ep released 2015
And not long after, Cara responded to the backlash, too.
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.
“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,” she wrote.
She mentions her insecurities, how hard she has worked to get to this point in her career, and what this award means to her.
“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.”
Cara was also nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Music Video and Song of the Year categories. She was also the only woman to win a major award at this year’s event.
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