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Grammys 2018: Alessia Cara addresses critics of her Best New Artist win

"I'm aware that my music wasn't released yesterday."

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For all those who denounced SZA's loss (and Alessia Cara's win) for Best New Artist at last night's Grammy Awards, the latter has heard your cries, but she's not making any apologies. Cara took to Instagram today, after what we can assume was a long night of receiving criticism, and responded to her naysayers.

In her post, she discussed not having control over her nomination, but admitted that she's aware she is by no means "new" to the industry, considering her album dropped in 2015. However, she defends her hard work, confesses to her insecurities, and stands by her fight to have artists recognized for their talent and not their popularity.

"To address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn't log onto 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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