Kelly Rowland Expresses Support for Jay-Z's Critique of Grammy Awards
Jay- Z & Blue Ivy 2024 Grammy Awards Show
"I don't want to embarrass this young lady, but she has more Grammys than everyone and never won Album of the Year. So, even by your own metrics, that doesn't work. Think about that: the most Grammys never won Album of the Year. That doesn't work." Producer Jay-Z says, after accepting Dr. Dre's Global Impact award at the 2024 Grammys.
42-year-old singer Kelly Rowland, who attended the awards ceremony, shared her thoughts on Jay-Z's powerful message in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight (ET).
"Shawn Carter is one of the greatest men I know, and his words ring so loud to me, I couldn't be more proud of him. And I'm just really happy for a lot of things that he said. I think that he made a lot of artists feel very seen and very heard in those minutes that he took on stage, whether you carried some of that for years, or a year, or felt some sort of way about that."
The conversation surrounding diversity and inclusion within the Grammy Awards has gained momentum in recent years, with many artists and industry insiders calling for greater transparency and accountability in the nomination and voting processes. Kelly Rowland echoed these sentiments, urging for meaningful change within the music industry.
Addressing why Beyoncé has never taken home the Album of the Year title at the Grammy Awards, Matthew Knowles, father of the acclaimed singer, has joined the conversation. Matthew Knowles blames the lack of advocacy on the part of record labels, beginning with Columbia Records, the singer's own label. In an interview with TMZ, they asked why he thinks they keep disrespecting the singer's success in this one category, although she earned 36 Grammy awards.
"People don't know the process. Your record label can only appoint one person in a category. So that means her record label, I'll call you out, Columbia Records; her record label has never really put her in that category for consideration." Says Matthew Knowles.
TMZ also addresses the fact that they usually include her name for nominees but give it to someone who, in the eyes of the fans, has a more inferior album. The father states it has everything to do with the genre of music they are categorizing her in.
"We'd spend a whole 3-day process listening to a minute of a song and saying that pop, and then pop will listen and say "oh that's R&B" that a big deal, the genre of the music, and again there comes the point in the music industry as the whiting of America."
The statements from Rowland, Jay Z, and Matthew Knowles have highlighted the underappreciation of Black performers at the prestigious awards ceremony. These words continue to resonate throughout the industry; artists like Rowland are standing in solidarity, advocating for a more equitable and inclusive future for music. With their voices amplified, the movement for change shows no signs of slowing down.
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