Solange made her feelings about the Grammys VERY clear on Twitter last night after Beyoncé lost to Adele
The Grammy Awards are kind of like that amazing night out with your friends, where so much happens that you have to wake up and rehash everything the next day. There’s so much to discuss, but we have to address how Solange made her feelings about the 2017 Grammys VERY clear on Twitter in the wake of her big sis Beyoncé’s loss to Adele, who won Album of the Year.
Whew! So, if that felt like an AWFUL lot to process, that’s because it was. Both fans and artists are feeling extremely emotional about all of this, particularly Solange, whose cryptic tweet told us so little, yet so much at the same time. false
Although the “Cranes in the Sky” singer took home her first Grammy (and looked exquisite while doing so), she co-signed Frank Ocean’s criticism of the Academy by sharing the link to his recent Tumblr post, in which he hit back at producers Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild’s suggestion that his decision to sit out the awards show had to do with his “faulty” 2013 Grammys performance.
Ocean also took issue with Taylor Swift’s 1989 Album of the Year win over Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, so one could only assume that Solange wanted to draw a comparison between that match-up and Beyoncé’s Lemonade losing to Adele’s 25 for this year’s AOTY honors.
In November, Ocean said he’d be skipping the Grammys and purposely did not submit his two albums Endless and Blonde for consideration because he believes the organization has a serious issue with representation, or a lack thereof. He told The New York Times:
"I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated." Ocean added, "I'd rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience."
Again, this has us deep in our feelings, and clearly larger issues like race and privilege are at play here. We appreciate and celebrate both 25 and Lemonade as exceptional albums, but in the end, we have nothing but the utmost respect for artists like Solange and Ocean — and also Beyoncé and Adele — who use their platforms fearlessly even with the overwhelming expectation to simply go along with what’s deemed popular.