Twenty-one-year-old singer Alessia Cara took home the Grammy last night for Best New Artist, beating out Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Khalid, and Julia Michaels. Many predictions (but not ours) anticipated the other nominees winning over Alessia. Consequently, fans of the four losing artists expressed their outrage online, with plenty of negative sentiments aimed toward the singer. 

Alessia decided to speak on the backlash in a message on her personal Instagram. In summary, she addresses the negativity saying she didn't ask for the award, but she's not going to let people take away from her accomplishments either. "I will not let everything I’ve worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments and feeling the need to tell me how much I suck," she wrote. Read the full post below. 

 

to address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto grammy.com and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment. but I was nominated and won and I am not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was a kid, not to mention have worked really hard for. I meant everything I said about everyone deserving the same shot. there is a big issue in the industry that perpetuates the idea that an artist’s talent and hard work should take a back seat to popularity and numbers. and I’m aware that my music wasn’t released yesterday, I’m aware that, yes, my music has become fairly popular in the last year. but I’m trying very hard to use the platform I’ve been given to talk about these things and bring light to issues that aren’t fair, all while trying to make the most of the weird, amazing success I’ve been lucky enough to have. I will not let everything I’ve worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments and feeling the need to tell me how much I suck. here’s something fun! I’ve been thinking I suck since I was old enough to know what sucking meant. I’ve beat u to it. And that’s why this means a lot to me. despite my 183625 insecurities, I’ve been shown that what I’ve created is worth something and that people actually give a shit. all of the years feeling like I wasn’t good at anything or that I was naive for dreaming about something improbable have paid off in a way that I have yet to process. I know it sounds cheesy and dumb but it’s the honest truth. thanks to everyone who’s shown me kindness and support along the way. I’ll stop talking now.

A post shared by ALESSIA CARA (@alessiasmusic) on Jan 29, 2018 at 10:21am PST

Alessia Cara winning the Best New Artist trophy also marked yet another dubious distinction for the 2018 Grammys: She's the only woman to win in the four major categories. Bruno Mars swept Record of the Year ("24K Magic"), Song of the Year ("That's What I Like"), and Album of the Year (24K Magic).