The Grammy’s 2018: Best New Artist Winner Receives Backlash


The 60th annual Grammy Awards took place on January 28th at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. As everyone says, “its music’s biggest night” and all the stars came out including: Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Khalid, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar and more.

Fans were eager to see who would take home the award for Best New Artist with nominees Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA. Alessia Cara ended up receiving the award and fans turned to social media to express their feelings on this year’s best New Artist.


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Image taken from Popsugar

A lot of fans were hoping to see SZA win this year’s award being that they felt Cara did not deserve it.

According to TIME magazine, SZA was the most nominated woman of the year and fans were not going to overlook this loss.

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But Cara also took to social media as well, defending her Best New Artist win. She wrote out a long Instagram post saying that she wasn’t “going to be upset” about winning an award she “worked really hard for.”

“To address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment,” she wrote.

“But I was nominated and won and 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,” Cara added.

The singer said that her dreams of becoming a successful artist “have paid off.” Just like her acceptance speech, Cara ended the Instagram post by thanking her fans for supporting her throughout her career.

Who do you think should’ve one best new artist?




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Hi! My name is Kristin Walker and I am the Arts and Entertainment Editor for The New Englander. I am from Long Island, New York and I’m a Senior here at New England College, studying Communications with a focus of Public Relations. I have been writing for The New Englander for over a year. This is my first (and last) year as editor and I look forward to a great year!
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