Singer SZA received Grammy nominations in five categories. However, she did not manage to bring home a single award on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Fans of SZA are upset at the Recording Academy's after the "All the Stars" singer went home empty-handed. To make things worse, SZA is the most nominated woman at the Grammys this year, but she was snubbed at the show.
Hello my loves,
Stand with me in boycotting the Grammys for allowing SZA to lose best new artist. She deserved it and the others simply did not. Make it make sense.
— I Luh God (@aVeryRichBish) January 29, 2018
Several critics also slammed the people behind the Grammy Awards for giving Alessia Cara the Best New Artist award. Fans of SZA noted that Cara's debut album came out in 2015. So, she should not qualify as a new artist.
Y’all....I can’t believe SZA is going home empty-handed. CTRL was one of the best albums of 2017. This whole night is cancelled #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/gGHZ97YxsW — Jordan (@jordansdiamonds) January 29, 2018
SZA's fans took to Twitter and said that they would be boycotting the Grammys next year if singers like SZA, who receive nominations in multiple categories, will not win anything. Others added that they would no longer watch or support the awards show if the winners will, once again, be mostly male.
Grammy Awards Faces Backlash
The 2018 Grammy Awards was highly criticized since most of the awardees are male artists. Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, said that female artists should step up their game so that they can win next year.
"It has to begin with... women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level..." said Portnow.
Why Lorde Did Not Perform
Aside from snubbing SZA and the mostly male winners, the music awards also faced controversy involving New Zealand singer Lorde. The "Royals" hitmaker was a nominee for the Album of the Year award. However, her Melodrama project did not win. There was also controversy over the fact that Lorde did not perform during the awards night.
Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer of the Grammys, was asked why Lorde was not featured at the show.
"These shows are always a matter of choices. She had a great album, but there's no way we can deal with everybody. Maybe people get left out who shouldn't, but we do the best we can to make sure it's a fair and balanced show," replied Ehrlich.
Prior to this week's awards show, it was reported that the producers asked Lorde to perform with several other artists, but she declined. Lorde was supposed to be part of Tom Petty's special tribute.