J. Cole isn't here for all the arguing over who deserved to win a Grammy. The rapper shared his love for all the Grammy winners and also-rans on Twitter.
"I don’t never wanna be propped up by tearing somebody else down," he said. "Seeing Cardi b win a Grammy make me feel like I won. Same with jay rock and Anderson. I feel for Travis cuz he really deserved that acknowledgement as well, but his moment is way bigger than the awards could say."
Cardi B saw J. Cole's shout out and responded in kind.
J. Cole's KOD was not nominated for any Grammys, something that Cole and his fans no doubt noticed. However, Cole explained that he's beyond needing validation of his work from the Recording Academy.
Cole is not the first rapper to question the Grammys treatment of the hip-hop world. He's not even the first to muse about missed opportunities for recognition at this year's Grammys. Drake bad-mouthed the Grammys' ability to recognize hip-hop excellence while he was accepting an award for Best Rap song.
"We play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual based sport. It's not the NBA where at the end of the year you're holding the trophy because you made the right decision or won the games," he said. "Look, if there's people who have regular jobs coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows. You don't need this right here. I promise you, you already won."