Alessia Cara defends her Grammy win after backlash
Speaking backstage at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York, a surprised Alessia Cara says she "didn't expect" to win the Best New Artist award and doesn't "feel like the best." (Jan. 29)
Alessia Cara knows not everyone is happy about her success at the Grammys.
The pop star won best new artist over SZA, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert and Julia Michaels, causing some to rise up in protest, noting on Twitter and Instagram that Cara actually broke out in 2015 with her hit song, Here.
Despite this, Cara still managed to take the prize, beating newer talents like the Kendrick Lamar-backed SZA, who walked into the Grammys with five nominations but left empty-handed. USA TODAY called Cara's win "a disappointing choice that still managed to be the only award a female artist would take home during the telecast."
Well on Monday, Cara had something to say about the brouhaha.
"To address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto grammy.com and submit myself," she wrote on Instagram. "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."
And yes, she's "aware that my music wasn’t released yesterday, I’m aware that, yes, my music has become fairly popular in the last year," said Cara, who said she's trying to use her platform "for good."
The online haterade will not get her down, she stated. "I will not let everything I’ve worked for be diminished by people taking (offense) 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 (damn)."
Read her full comments here.