Alessia Cara Shuts Down Haters After Grammys Best New Artist Win
In a lengthy message shared to her Instagram account Monday (January 29), Cara "addressed the apparent backlash" regarding her first Grammys trophy, which she scored after a successful year that included a performance on Saturday Night Live and two hit collaborations: "Stay" by Zedd and "1-800-273-8255" with Logic and fellow Best New Artist nominee Khalid.
See Cara's entire statement, below:
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 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 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 [sic] 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.
After taking home the trophy Sunday night, Twitter erupted with reactions towards Cara's win, with many claiming that Cara—who had a major radio hit with "Here" in 2015—didn't deserve the mantle over fellow nominees like SZA.
See some reactions, below:
Hosted by James Corden, the 60th annual Grammy Awards were aired live from New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday January 28, 2018.
See photos from the 2018 Grammys red carpet, below: