The night before the 2021 Grammys, Cardi B chimed in with her feelings about this year’s awards show.
The “Up” rapper chose to focus on uplifting many of the Black artists who did receive nods, sending a tweet out on Saturday (March 13) that said, “How I feel bout the Grammies. Don’t forget to congratulate the small black artist that got nominated that got overshadowed again cause of the drama.”
“I’m highlighting these underrated artist that got nominated and no one blinked a eye to congratulate them cause everybody throwing tantrums over artist that submit their music to a award show that they claim they hate .AGAIN CONGRATS TO YALL !” she added in another tweet.
In a lengthy note further explaining her thoughts, she clarified, “I do feel that there were some albums and songs that should have been considered for nominations. Maybe next year they will get it right.”
“However let’s not forget the Grammy’s nominated soo many independent black artists this year that don’t get exposure by blogs, magazines and other award shows like Chika, D Smoke, Royce 5’9′, Freddie Gibbs, Jay Electronica, Kaytranada, Brittany Howard, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, Jean & Marcus Baylor, Luke James, Gregory Porter, Giveon, Ant Clemons, Robert Glasper, Free Nationals & Thundercat and so much more,” Cardi noted. (See the full list of 2021 Grammy nominations here.)
“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 youre talented ass f— and one day you wake up and you find out youre nominated and got a notice from one of the biggest award shows purely cause of your TALENT!” explained Cardi. “Soo besides all the bulls— let’s not forget to congratulate these artists. This is their moment too and they been working their ass 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.”
In 2019, Cardi enjoyed her own Grammys recognition when she won best rap album for Invasion of Privacy. Though Lauryn Hill was awarded best rap album in 1997 as part of the Fugees for The Score, Cardi B was the first solo female to win best rap album. “I f—ing worked my ass off,” she said after the win.
The 2021 Grammy Awards are airing on Sunday (March 14) at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The show can be watched on CBS, Paramount+ and Grammy.com.
See Cardi B’s Twitter note below.