Mariah Carey has been in the game for almost three decades, racking up countless awards and accolades in that time for her phenomenal voice and songwriting. Still, the diva has felt overlooked by the Grammy committee, believing her musical offspring have been heavily rewarded by the academy, in contrast.
“I mean, I have five Grammys. That’s cute,” Carey, who’s been nominated 34 times told V magazine. “There’s people that have been doing this half the time that have twice as many.”
She also claims shortly after her 1991 wins for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, that the academy told her they were going to lean towards a less-popular direction.
“I was told, ‘We don’t go with the people that are selling a lot of records and are popular; we’re gonna go the opposite way.’ So I got screwed out of certain years.”
“I wasn’t bitter about it,” she continued. “I was just like, okay, well, I guess I’m not standing here barefoot onstage singing and trying to go a certain way. I’m just me.”
At 47, the acclaimed vocalist couldn’t care less about the politics required to take home a golden gramophone.
“In the music business, if you care about the Grammys and submitting your stuff before a certain time frame, you want a single out in the summer and then you want to have your record [out] before the Grammys [consideration] deadline, which has changed. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.