Alessia Cara is having the time of her life and no hater can bring her down. The 21-year-old defends her win at the 2018 Grammys.
However, not everyone was happy for her win.
Some believe that Cara should not have been nominated for Best New Artist in the first place. Her first album, Know-It-All, came out way back in 2015. Others believe that SZA, the sole female artist who received most nominations, should have taken home the trophy. The "Love Galore" singer lost in all five categories she was nominated to.
how did best new artist not go to SZA ... or khalid .. or uzi....?? I love her too but alessia cara has had music on the radio since 2016 .....
— nancy Botwin (@itsmarkjohns) January 29, 2018
No disrespect to Alessia Cara, but how did she win "Best New Artist" when her Spotify numbers aren't even above Lil Uzi Vert, SZA or Khalid pic.twitter.com/8VSbXqXH4C — Marcus (@thebaemarcus) January 29, 2018
Rapper Ja Rule thinks that SZA should have won Best New Artist on Sunday's show.
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 29, 2018
Cara was the only female winner presented with a trophy in any of the major categories at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Haters Gonna Hate
However, the young artist is unfazed by the anger that her win has elicited over her Best New Artist win. On a post on Instagram, the "How Far I'll Go" singer showed her haters how she is celebrating her first Grammys.
She also wrote a lengthy message addressing all the hate directed at her for winning.
"[T]o address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn't log onto grammy.com and submit myself. [T]hat's not how it works," she stated. "[B]ut I was nominated and won and I am not going to be upset about something I've wanted since I was a kid, not to mention have worked really hard for. I meant everything I said about everyone deserving the same shot. [T]here is a big issue in the industry that perpetuates the idea that an artist's talent and hard work should take a back seat to popularity and numbers."
She also added that while she is aware that her music was not released recently, she still thinks that she deserved her award. Like everyone nominated at the Grammys, she also worked hard to get to where she is now.
What she promises to do with her fame is to use it as a platform to highlight and tackle issues in the music industry.
"I will not let everything I've worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments and feeling the need to tell me how much I suck," she added.
Beyond the backlash, many were happy that Cara won her first Grammys this year. Her fans and fellow artists have tweeted their support and congratulations for the young singer.
@alessiacara congratulations on the Grammy beautiful — Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 29, 2018
Woke up to the news that @alessiacara won the Grammy for best new artist!! So so so deserved. Congratulations to both Alessia and her amazing team!
— Nathan Sykes (@NathanSykes) January 29, 2018
Please don't tell me Alessia Cara didn't deserve Best New Artist because of a technicality that she has no control over. She's fucking amazing. Her music is important. She has a voice. She deserves that award regardless of whether she should have won it a few years ago or now. — Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) January 29, 2018
— chiara (@LovingShawbrina) January 29, 2018
On Twitter, Cara posted a message for all her fans and everyone who was happy to see her finally achieve her dreams.
"This is so weird," she tweeted, "and I'll never quite process it but thank [you] so much for [your] continuous love and support and belief in me and wow and year."