D.C.’s hip-hop crooner GoldLink isn’t happy with this year’s roundup of nominees for the 2020 Grammy Awards and didn’t hesitate to voice his thoughts on Wednesday morning (November 20). Following the Recording Academy’s official nomination announcements, he later took to his Instagram to air out his frustrations in a lengthy post published on the social platform.
In the post’s caption, the “Crew” rapper criticized the academy for its inconsistent category assignments for certain albums and songs. He also pointed out other artists who were excluded. In the same post, he swore off of the Grammys.
“Honestly, its f**k Grammys ‘til the day I die. I am no longer participating in that wild a**, slave a**, political a**, [and] cheating a** game any longer.The lack of relevance you have just solidified today is unbelievable,” GoldLink said. He additionally singled out some of the artists he felt didn’t get their just due or proper recognition from the Recording Academy.
“Tyler [the Creator] got one f**king nomination in a category he didn’t even participate in knowing damn well he deserved album of the year. Burna Boy deserves more, Koffee deserves more. DaBaby couldn’t ‘qualify’ for best new artist apparently because he had ‘mixtapes’ in the past,” the 26-year-old said.
He continued, “No nod to Solange for taking a risk pushing the boundaries when nobody else was brave enough to do so,” and further pointed out how “there’s not even a category for internationally black artist[s] at all.”
“Wtf do you think these kids learn when you tell them there black art isn’t good enough? Or isn’t noticed at all?” the “Crew” rapper said.
Read GoldLink’s Instagram post in full below.
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