Is winning a GRAMMY all it’s CRACKED up to be these days–some say ‘NO’!
Tyler, the Creator may have nabbed his first golden gramophone at the Grammys on Sunday night, but he’s juggling pretty mixed feelings about the achievement. The 28-year-old artist had a momentous night at the award show, winning best rap album for Igor after taking the stage for a captivating, energetic performance, and he used his backstage interview as an opportunity to call out the Recording Academy’s unfair voting process.
Tyler is BITTERSWEET about the win…
“I’m half and half on it,” Tyler said of his initial reaction to scoring his first-ever Grammy. “On one side, I’m very grateful that what I made could be acknowledged in a world like this. But also, it sucks that whenever we — and I mean guys that look like me — do anything that’s genre-bending, they always put it in a rap or urban category.”
The “Earfquake” songwriter continued:
“I don’t like that urban word; it’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word to me. When I hear that, I’m just like why can’t we be in pop?” Although Tyler added that his rap nomination felt like “a back-handed compliment,” he reiterated that he’s still “very grateful” to be recognized and celebrated regardless of the fact that he’s “in a whole different world than what a lot of people here listen to.”
Black artists that GENRE BEND are always RELEGATED to the ‘URBAN’ category, but WHITE artist that DABBLE in the ‘URBAN’ pool are deemed ‘GROUNDBREAKERS’, or ‘MAINSTREAM’…. we need to CHANGE the NARRATIVE….