Tyler, the Creator won Best Rap Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards with his album, IGOR. Marking his first-ever Grammy, the California native brought his mother on stage as he accepted his award.
“To my mother, you did a great job raising this guy... to my mangers, you guys took a seed and watered it and I thank you for trusting my ideas,” he said during his award acceptance speech. “To my friends and family, thank you for trusting my ideas and putting up with my hyperactive energy and always being there.”
Earlier in the evening, the IGOR artist performed “EARFQUAKE” and “NEW MAGIC WAND” on a fiery stage with the likes of Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men.
“I never fully felt accepted in rap and stuff, so for y’all to stand by me, I appreciate that,” Tyler continued. “I don’t know if he’s here but, I really wanna thank Pharrell Williams because, again, growing up, feeling left of center to a lot of things I saw on TV, that man has allowed me to be comfortable with myself and has opened up doors that you guys cannot imagine—before I met him and when I met him. So thank you, P. I love y’all.”
After winning the award, Tyler used his platform to call out the Grammys for its racist categories.
“On one side, I’m very grateful that what I made could be acknowledged in a world like this, but it sucks that when we— and I mean guys that look like me—do anything that’s genre-bending or anything, they always put it in the rap or urban category,” he said. “And I don’t like that urban word. It’s just a politically-correct way to say the n-word, to me. When I hear that it’s like, why can’t we just be in pop? Half of me feels like the rap nomination was a back-handed compliment.”
IGOR was nominated for Best Rap Album against Meek Mill’s Championships, Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III, 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was and YBN Cordae’s The Lost Boy. Beyond his Grammy win, the record also earned Tyler his first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, with “EARFQUAKE” becoming his highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 13.
Last year, Tyler was named Music Innovator of the Year at the Wall Street Journal Innovator Awards.
“My whole life I’ve felt like a stepchild — in school, at home and especially in music and rap, where I have a profession,” he said at the ceremony. “I didn’t let none of that sh*t stop me from doing what I wanted to do.”
See Twitter reactions to his Grammy win below.
Tyler, the Creator won best rap album at the Grammys tonight— DES (@__D_E_S_) January 27, 2020
Never forget the power of speaking things into existence and the law of attraction. pic.twitter.com/bX3oicrd9a
grammy award winning artist tyler the creator :,) pic.twitter.com/nDipa3C0pv— angel (@theangelabreu) January 27, 2020