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At the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Tyler, The Creator won Best Rap Album for his 2019 project IGOR. Despite this being his first Grammy win, the 28-year-old artist is conflicted about his award.

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Following his acceptance speech, Tyler spoke more openly backstage. When asked about the GRAMMY voting process, he criticized the Recording Academy for placing guys that “look like me” in the rap or urban category, despite them tapping into other genres. He stated, that while he was “very grateful” for the win, the way he was categorized was a “backhanded compliment.” He went on to say,

It sucks that whenever we — and I mean guys that look like me — do anything that’s genre-bending or that’s anything. They always put it in a rap or urban category. I don’t like that ‘urban’ word — it’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word to me,
Tyler, The Creator is not the first person to critique The Recording Academy. Several artists and former employees have recently spoken out about the voting process. Diddy was the most recent prior to Tyler.
When Diddy accepted the Salute to Industry Icons Award at the Pre-Grammy Gala, he told The Recording Academy, “You’ve got 365 days’ notice to get this sh-t together.” Prior to that bold statement, he told the audience he was conflicted about accepting the award because, “Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys.”
Well, it looks like the Recording Academy has some work to do.
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