Canadian singer, Justin Bieber, says three of his four Grammy 2021 nominations are in the wrong category.
The media mogul’s album Changes got him four nominations, with three of them being in the pop category.
In a statement released on social media, Bieber said “Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me”.
He goes on to say that “for this not to be put into that category feels weird considering, from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style all the way down to the hip hop drums that were chosen, it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B album”.
Meanwhile, Grammy CEO, Harvey Mason Junior, told Pitchfork that the Academy always wants to respect the artist’s wishes.
“Art’s a funny thing because it’s so subjective, and at the Academy our goal is to honour excellence. At some point, decisions have to be made as to how compare different things, and it is a very tough process and one I don’t think we get right every time.”
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