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India Arie Says Grammy Awards Purposely Exclude Young Black People

Talented soul-singing songstress India Arie is speaking out to address the seemingly blatant disregard that the Grammy Awards have for African-American entertainers.

Likemost, India was blown away by the fact that uber-talented hip hop lyricist Kendrick Lamar failed to take home any Grammys and she took to her website with an open letter on it all.

Check out her thoughts below.

@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the only one who was robbed. Personally, I was pleased he was able to perform and they KILLED! IT! One of the FEW moving moments of the night for ME.

Though it’s called “Music industries biggest night” the #Grammys are NOT about the music, it’s a popularity contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on name recognition alone – the music industry politics is a whole NUTHER conversation. Too much to go into here.

The American Music Awards is a show that awards sales and popularity – the #Grammys are SAID to be about the music.

If the hip hop community voted on hip hop – r&b COMMUNITY the same – same for each category – we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We all know that’s just not the way it goes.

India then goes on to put the Grammy Awards ceremony on full blast and points out that the biggest losers of the night were all of the black artists and all of black music before slamming them for putting other artists on stage twice while failing to give certain black artists any shine. Read the rest of what she had to say on the flip.

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