Alessia Cara defends her Grammy win for Best New Artist

She's not letting anyone steal her thunder. Following Alessia Cara’s Grammy win for Best New Artist at the award show on Sunday, January 28, the singer faced some unwanted criticism and like a boss, she defended herself.

The 21-year-old artist took to her Instagram page to share her feelings in a lengthy post on Monday, January 29, after commenters took to social media to call her out for not deserving the win, noting that she had actually broke out in 2015 with her song “Here.”

“To address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto grammy.com and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment,” she wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of herself surrounded by balloons.

to address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto grammy.com and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment. but 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. there 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. and I’m aware that my music wasn’t released yesterday, I’m aware that, yes, my music has become fairly popular in the last year. but I’m trying very hard to use the platform I’ve been given to talk about these things and bring light to issues that aren’t fair, all while trying to make the most of the weird, amazing success I’ve been lucky enough to have. 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. here’s something fun! I’ve been thinking I suck since I was old enough to know what sucking meant. I’ve beat u to it. And that’s why this means a lot to me. despite my 183625 insecurities, I’ve been shown that what I’ve created is worth something and that people actually give a shit. all of the years feeling like I wasn’t good at anything or that I was naive for dreaming about something improbable have paid off in a way that I have yet to process. I know it sounds cheesy and dumb but it’s the honest truth. thanks to everyone who’s shown me kindness and support along the way. I’ll stop talking now.

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She continued: “But 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,” she wrote before elaborating on something that she briefly touched on during her acceptance speech — they industry being a “popularity” contest.

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60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Photo Room ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Alessia Cara poses with the Best New Artist award. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
NEW YORK - JANUARY 28: Alessia Cara Wins Grammy For Best New Artist at THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS broadcast live on both coasts from New York Citys Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at a new time, 7:30-11:00 PM, live ET/4:30-8:00 PM, live PT, on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Alessia Cara performs onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Alessia Cara attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Alessia Cara attends the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 21: Singer Alessia Cara performs onstage during the 5th annual 'We Can Survive' benefit concert presented by CBS Radio at the Hollywood Bowl on October 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Alessia Cara poses backstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Alessia Cara performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Alessia Cara poses at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Alessia Cara, winner of Best Dance for 'Stay', poses in the press room during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Alessia Cara accepts the Best Dance award for 'Stay' onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Alessia Cara performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield on July 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
CARSON, CA - MAY 13: Alessia Cara attends 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Singer Alessia Cara attends the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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The “Stars to Your Beautiful” singer nudged at the fact that she will continue to use “the platform” she’s been given to “bring light” to the unfairness that surrounds the recording industry.

“I will not let everything I’ve worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments … Despite my 183625 insecurities, I’ve been shown that what I’ve created is worth something and that people actually give a shit,” she concluded. “All of the years feeling like I wasn’t good at anything or that I was naive for dreaming about something improbable have paid off in a way that I have yet to process.”

As previously reported, Cara was the only woman to win a 2018 Grammy in a top category.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Alessia Cara attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
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