India Arie Writes An Open Letter To The Grammys: “The Bigger Losers Are All of Black Music”


India Arie Performs At Fillmore Miami Beach

If Kendrick Lamar is upset about being robbed of his Grammy award Sunday Night (Jan 26) he doesn’t have to speak on it because enough of his music peers are. India Arie broke her Twitter hiatus to speak on the Grammys, “I’ve been on a month long writing retreat social network hiatus, I have to break it today to comment on last nights #GRAMMYs” the songwriter tweeted.

She posted a lengthy open letter to the Grammy’s, “@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the only one who was robbed,” on her tumblr site. “Though it’s called “Music industries biggest night” the #Grammys are NOT about the music, it’s a popularity contest.”

The usually somber artist continued her rant this time specifically targeting the categories. “If the hip hop community voted on hip hop –  r&b COMMUNITY the same –  same for each category – we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We all know that’s just not the way it goes. NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music. Where was the black music community represented in last nights #Grammy show? Performers and Winners (or not) … Where were the black artists?”

She continued her frustration before mentioning something many have overlooked about this award show, “P.S. No mention of Nelson Mandela at ALL? … and THIS is why we NEED the Image Awards AND the BET awards.”

While Nelson Mandela wasn’t a direct contributor to the music industry his work speaks volumes and it was surprising that the show failed to acknowledge him at all.

Read her speech in it’s entirety here.

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