Justin Bieber complains about what Grammy category his album is nominated in … as show’s organizers discuss criteria for categories
- Artist was nominated for best pop vocal album for his album Changes
- Bieber said he wanted to be nominated in the R&B category, not pop
- Bieber is nominated against Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga in the category
Justin Bieber took to Instagram on Tuesday to complain about what category he was nominated in as Grammy nominations were announced, as he wanted to be nominated in the R&B category, not pop.
The 26-year-old made the statement on his social media after he was nominated for best pop vocal album for his album Changes.
‘To the Grammys I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry,’ he said. ‘I am very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being said I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album.
The latest: Justin Bieber, 26, took to Instagram on Tuesday to complain about what category he was nominated in as Grammy nominations were announced, as he wanted to be nominated in the R&B category, not pop
‘It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me. I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound.’
The Canadian singer continued: ‘For this not to be put into that category feels weird considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style all the way down to the hip hop drums that were chosen it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B Album!
‘To be clear I absolutely love Pop music it just wasn’t what I set out to make this time around. My gratitude for feeling respected for my work remains and I am honored to be nominated either way.’
He announced that his album would be a different genre in February prior to its release, writing, ‘Not pop. r&bieber.’
The artist made the statement on his social media after he was nominated for best pop vocal album for his album Changes
Difference of opinion: The Canadian artist said that he made his latest album in the R&B genre
His take: Bieber said his is ‘undeniably, unmistakably an R&B Album!’
Bieber is up against Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga in the category; he was also nominated for best pop solo performance for Yummy, best pop duo/group performance for Intentions, a collaboration with Quavo; and best country duo/group performance for his 10,000 Hours collaboration with Dan + Shay.
Recording Academy interim chief Harvey Mason, jr. spoke with Variety on Tuesday about the process Grammy officials take to suss out which performers are nominated in their respective categories.
‘We look at it every year and make tweaks and revisions to the process; we did it this year, last year, we’ll do it next year. And I don’t think this calls it into question, honestly,’ Mason said. ‘The process is there so we can continue to monitor excellence.’
Mason said he’s overseen the process and ‘the people that were in it are music professionals – they are excellent, at the top of their craft in songwriting and producing, and there are a lot of artists.’
He continued: ‘They were critically listening to every song that came across their desks – or virtual desks – so I don’t think it shows a flaw in the process.
‘I think it’s actually… as you get a nomination, you start to really appreciate the process, where you’re saying, “I really made it through a strenuous and thoughtful process,” to get to who are really the deserving nominees for that given year.’
Dailymail.com has reached out to Bieber’s reps for comment.