Justin Bieber Complains About His Grammy Nominations

Justin Bieber complains about his Grammy Nominations

, Justin Bieber Complains About His Grammy Nominations, Relay VibesJustin Bieber complains about his Grammy Nominations. On the day of the Grammy nominations, many observers were surprised at the big look Justin Bieber and his “Changes” album and its singles received — four nominations, including Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Yummy”), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Intentions,” ft. Quavo), Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (ft on Dan + Shay’s “10,000 Hours”).

But on a day when such major R&B artists as The Weeknd, Alicia Keys, Summer Walker and Kehlani were shut out of the Grammy nominations completely, Bieber took to Instagram to complain about being nominated in Pop categories instead of R&B.

“He wrote, “To the Grammys,” (Variety added punctuation to his post). To be noticed and praised for my artistry, I am flattered. About my songs, I am very meticulous and intentional. I set out to make an R&B album with that being said. ‘Changes’ was and is an album for R&B. It is not known as an R&B record, which is really peculiar to me. I grew up admiring music from R&B and decided to create a project to reflect the sound. It sounds odd for this not to be placed into that genre, considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style, all the way down to the hip-hop drums selected, it’s undeniably an R&B record!

“To be clear,” he concluded, “I absolutely love Pop music, it was just wasn’t what I set out to make this time around. My love for feeling valued for my role persists and I am proud to be nominated either way.

He added in a comment, “Please don’t mistake this as me being ungrateful, these are just my thoughts take em or leave em. Thank you to the ones who campaigned with me so that they could even have noms.

Grammy nominations are selected by experts in their respective genres, primarily comprising artists, producers, songwriters and executives, and Pop is a field that is often a point of contention or confusion: An artist who is popular, like Post Malone or Macklemore, may be rejected by a genre committee, like Rap, because the people on that committee consider them to be Pop artists. Such a conflict may be a contributing reason as to why The Weeknd was shut out of genre categories this year, as the Pop committee may have considered him R&B and vice-versa. In that context, it is difficult to imagine the R&B committee considering Bieber’s lite take on R&B music to be suitable for the category.

Such distinctions are not taken lightly by the committees. Grammy interim president/CEO Harvey Mason, jr. Variety said The people are music professionals [in the committees]—they are excellent, at the top of their songwriting and production craft, and there are a lot of artists.” Any music that comes across their desks they objectively [listen] to. 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. The method is slow and arduous, and people take pride in it.

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