Fans are Unhappy That Kesha’s Heartfelt Comeback Didn’t Win a Grammy
With this year’s Grammy nominations, everyone was very excited about what seemed to be the *most* diverse crop of nominees the Recording Academy has ever produced. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for last night’s winners: All of the telecast’s winners, save newcomer Alessia Cara, were men.
With songs like “1-800-273-8255” By Logic (a song about suicide prevention) and Kesha’s “Praying” both getting nominations, it seemed that songs with a strong message were major moments in the 2017 music cycle. But neither song or artist won any trophies last night, and in the case of Kesha’s “Praying,” especially, fans are unhappy that the singer’s heartfelt comeback lost.
Kesha – Praying (Grammys 2018) pic.twitter.com/qKynEvdcrv
— Kesha Spain (@Kesha_es) January 29, 2018
Kesha’s heartbreaking comeback single lost out to Ed Sheeran’s poppy “Shape of You,” for Best Pop Solo Performance and her album Rainbows lost to Sheeran for Best Pop Vocal Album. These two nominations were Kesha’s first ever, making her comeback in the light of her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke even more fitting, but when Sheeran (who wasn’t there) won over Kesha, even those who aren’t huge fans of the singer admitted there was a mistake in the academy’s choice.
Kesha really did go through hell and back to release Praying and get nominated for a Grammy, only to lose to an Ed Sheeran song about how he likes a woman's body over a Sia sample #GRAMMYs
— greedyforari (@greedyforari22) January 29, 2018
The whole #MeToo movement and people speaking out against sexual harassment just for Ed Sheeran to win for a another song about a girl he likes? …… K.
— Eric Alves (@ErkAlves) January 29, 2018
Some fans pointed out that it appeared that the academy was only paying lip service to a value of diversity in its nominations.
I guess it’s a good thing Kesha didn’t win over Ed Sheeran, since the music industry doesn’t seem to care about examining its abuses of power
— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 29, 2018
Both Gaga and kesha released powerful and inspiring heartfelt ballads what do you mean. Women have already stepped up https://t.co/DXrpgVilZP
— Rachael (@GovrnmtUnicorn) January 29, 2018
Kesha’s moving Grammys performance moved many who watched it to tears. Even though she may not have taken home a trophy for her work in 2017, the star’s ability to take her absolute worst moments in life and create such a stirring song — and performance — prove that she didn’t need an award to be a real winner last night.
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