Justin Bieber questioned his Grammy nominations for failing to classify his work as R&B. (Photo: Kevin Mazur / AMA2020 / Getty Images)
Justin Bieber earned four Grammy nominations but disagrees with their “strange” categorizations, arguing that his new music is R&B – not pop.
On Tuesday the singer received four Grammy nods for Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Yummy” a single from his February album Changes), Best Pop Duo / Group Performance (the song “Intentions” ft. Quavo), Best Pop Vocal Album and best country duo / group performance (for “10,000 hours” with Dan + Shay). The 63rd Grammy Awards will be streamed from the Recording Academy official website on January 31st, hosted by Trever Noah.
Bieber, who performed his new song “Monster” with Shawn Mendes at the American Music Awards on Sunday, responded in an Instagram statement. “Please don’t mistake this for ungrateful, these are just my thoughts taking or leaving,” he wrote the post. “Thanks to the people who fought to have any nouns at all.”
“To the Grammys,” he announced. “I am flattered to be recognized and valued for my art. I am very meticulous and purposeful about my music. With that said, I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not recognized as an R&B album which is very foreign to me. “
The 26-year-old continued, “I grew up with R&B music and wanted to do a project that embodied that sound. That this doesn’t fall into this category feels strange when you look at the chords to the melodies, the singing style to the hip hop drums chosen. It is undoubtedly a signature R&B album! “
Bieber added, “To be perfectly clear, I absolutely love pop music, it just wasn’t what I wanted to do this time around. I’m still grateful that I feel respected for my work, and it’s an honor to be nominated one way or another. “
A spokesman for the Recording Academy, where the annual awards ceremony is held, did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment. However, interim chief Harvey Mason Jr. told Billboard that the noms were “really exciting” and “representative of all different areas of music.”
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Among the many congratulatory social media posts, some users were in disbelief that Bieber was even nominated in the face of The Weeknd’s disapproval given the popularity of his March album After Hours and his single “Blinding Lights”.
Bieber, who shared the pain of early fame through both his music video “Lonely” and his October YouTube documentary Justin Bieber: Next Chapter, responded to the nominations with other artists. Noah Cyrus (little sister of Miley Cyrus) was “a puddle of tears” in an Instagram video for her nod for “Best New Artist”, and Megan Thee Stallion tweeted crying emojis after her nominations for “Record of the Year”, “Best Rap- Performance ”,“ Best Rap Song ”and Best New Artist.
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