Alessia Cara beat out SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Khalid, and Julia Michaels to win the Best New Artist award at the 2018 Grammys on Sunday evening. On Monday afternoon, the singer/songwriter shared an Instagram post "to address the apparent backlash" to her win. Read her letter above via Pitchfork.
Cara writes that while she did not ask for her music to be submitted for consideration, "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 also reaffirmed the closing message in her acceptance speech urging support for "real music and real artists" from within the music industry. "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," Cara wrote.
At the end of her letter, Cara gets frank about her struggles with insecurity, and how it's being tested after her Grammy win. "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," she wrote. "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."
Cara was the only female of the evening to win in a major category. In an interview after the ceremony, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said women who want to be nominated need to "step up."
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