Grammys 2020: Tyler, the Creator says Best Rap Album win feels a bit like a 'backhanded compliment'

Tyler, the Creator has mixed feelings about his Grammy win for Best Rap Album.

After collecting his statue for "Igor," the artist told press backstage that while he's grateful to be recognized by the mainstream music industry, he also feels like the nomination itself was a "backhanded compliment" given that his music shouldn't necessarily be categorized as "rap" at all.

"I'm half and half on it. On one side, I'm very grateful that what I made could be acknowledged In the world like this," he said. "But it also sucks that whenever we — and I mean guys that look like me — do anything that's genre-bending, they always put it in a 'rapper/urban' category. Which is — I don't like that 'urban' word. It's just a politically correct way to say the N-word to me."

He continued, "Why can't we just be pop? ... Half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment. Like, oh, my little cousin wants to play the game, let's give him an unplugged controller so he can shut up and feel good about it."

The response followed a question from a Variety reporter about the ongoing controversy regarding various forms of alleged misconduct within the Recording Academy.

The night marked Tyler, the Creator's first Grammy win, although he was previously nominated in 2018, also for Best Rap Album. He also received a nomination as a featured artist in 2013 for Frank Ocean's album "Channel Orange."

This year's Grammy performers and winners have remained largely tight-lipped about alleged corruption and sexual misconduct issues within the Academy. CEO Deborah Dugan was reportedly trying to clean up the grave internal issues when the organization abruptly placed her on administrative leave less than two weeks before the Grammys.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Ariana Grande attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
US model Chrissy Teigen (L) and US musician John Legend arrive for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Shawn Mendes attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Ozzy Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Gwen Stefani attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Gwen Stefani (L) and Blake Shelton attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Lizzo attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Joe Jonas of music group Jonas Brothers and Sophie Turner attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: John Legend attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Camila Cabello attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Mason Ramsey attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
US actor Billy Porter arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra (L) and US singer-songwriter Nick Jonas arrive for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Billie Eilish attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Bebe Rexha attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Members of BTS and Bang Si-hyuk attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Jameela Jamil attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Bebe Rexha attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Royalty Brown and Chris Brown attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
US musician Maggie Rogers arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Cyndi Lauper attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Charlie Wilson attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Charles Anderson and Michael Foster of Social House attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Brandi Carlile attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Ben Platt attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Holly James and Justin Levine attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Pia Mia attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Tyler, the Creator attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Bonnie Raitt attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Andrew Watt attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: FKA twigs attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Sloane Bozzi and Mike Bozzi attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: James Blake attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Jozzy attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Lucky Daye attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Lewis Capaldi attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) LaShanna Moore and Gene Moore attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Tim Myers (R) and guest attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Cordae attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Brittany Howard attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
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