Imagine this being your struggle. Justin Bieber scored four Grammy nominations, but he’s mad he’s in the pop category instead of R&B.
via: Page Six
He can’t Beliebe it!
Despite earning an impressive four Grammy Award nominations for his fifth studio album, “Changes,” Justin Bieber took to social media singing the blues. Just hours after the Recording Academy announced the 2021 Grammy nominees Tuesday, Bieber, 26, hopped on Instagram, lamenting his chart-topping masterpiece has been wrongfully mistaken as a Pop album rather than an R&B anthology.
“To the Grammys,” the native Canadian addressed his complaint. “I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry. I am very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being said, I set out to make an R&B album. ‘Changes’ was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album, which is very strange to me.”
Poised to take home the Grammy gold for Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Yummy”), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (for “Intentions,” featuring Quavo), Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (for his feature on Dan + Shay’s “10,000 Hours”), Bieber went on to explain his upset for the “weird” error in categorization.
“I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound. For this not to be put into that category feels weird, considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style, all the way down to the hip-hop drums that were chosen, it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B album!”
“To be clear,” he said in conclusion, “I absolutely love Pop music, it just wasn’t what I set out to make this time around. My gratitude for feeling respected for my work remains and I am honored to be nominated either way.”
Extinguishing any traces of fiery unthankfulness for the nods he did receive, Bieber commented under his post, “Please don’t mistake this as me being ungrateful, these are just my thoughts take em or leave em. Thank you to the people who fought for me to even have any noms.”
Grammy nominations are selected by experts in their respective genres — primarily artists, producers, songwriters and executives — who, according to Grammy interim president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr., don’t take their charge lightly.
“The people [in the committees] are music professionals — they are excellent, at the top of their craft in songwriting and producing, and there are a lot of artists,” Mason told Variety. “They critically [listen] to every song that comes across their desks. We listen to all the music — even an album, you’re listening to almost the whole album, it takes I don’t know how many hours. It’s a long, arduous process and people take pride in it.”
So far, the Recording Academy has yet to directly respond to Bieber’s public reproach.
Feel better soon, Justin and good luck at the Grammys.