After The Weeknd, Zayn Malik, and Justin Bieber all publicly slammed the music awards show, the 28-year-old “Bodak Yellow” rapper released a statement praising all of the lesser known Black artists that got nominated this year, saying that she doesn’t want them to be overshadowed by all of the drama.
“How I feel about the Grammy’s! I do feel that there were some albums and songs that should have been considered for nominations maybe by next year they will get it right,” Cardi started. “However, let’s not forget the Grammy’s nominated soo many independent black artists this year that don’t get the exposure by blogs, magazines. and other award shows like Chika, D Smoke, Royce 5’9, Freddie Gibbs, Jay Electronica, Kaytrananda, Brittany Howard, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, Jean & Marcus Baylor, Luke James, Gregory Porter, Giveon, Any Clemons, Robert Glasper, Free Nationals & Thundercat and so much more.”
She continued, “It’s frustrating sometimes to work and work on your craft and you feel overlooked because you might not look like others, are not mixxy so you not always around other artists, you rap or sing about different material, you stay out of drama and the media or yet still not as popular however you’re talented ass [sic] f–k and one day you wake up and you find out you’re nominated and got a notice from one of the biggest award shows purely cause of your TALENT!”
“Soo besides all the bulls–t let’s not forget to congratulate these artists,” Cardi concluded. “This is their moment too and they been working their asses off with no exposure and let’s not overshadow it with feelings cause your favorite might not be on the list. Congrats guys and good luck on the Grammys. You deserve it.”
Back when the nominations for the 2021 Grammys were released, fans were surprised that Cardi‘s mega-hit “WAP” wasn’t nominated for anything. She then explained why she decided not to submit the song for consideration.