On Tuesday, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2017 Grammy Awards. Rihanna received eight nominations, placing her alongside Drake and Kanye West and one nominations shy of Beyoncé. Rihanna's nominations include Record of the Year and Best R&B Performance, but ANTI was passed up for Album of the Year honors and many fans took notice.
Instagram user @rihannagang_ took to the social app to air out frustrations. "Congrats and all to @badgalriri and all for her 8 Grammy nods but tbh fuck them because they snubbed her for Song of the Year and Album of the Year," they wrote. "I think they didn't want her tied or passing someone else *cough cough* 🍋."
Rihanna liked the post on Instagram, and many fans wondered if she agreed with the sentiments regarding the nominations. Rihanna commented on the post, explaining that she felt no disdain toward the Recording Academy or her fellow nominees.
"I never actually read your caption, thought the pic was funny and moved right along," she clarified. "Til I seen it pop up over and over! I'm petty af, yes. But this is just unnecessary! I wish y'all would drop this topic and see things from the bigger picture! We don't need to be putting black women against each other! We deserve to be celebrated, and the Grammy Academy agrees!"