“WTF is Urban Contemporary?”
At the Grammys on Sunday night (February 12), Beyoncé’s Lemonade album lost out to Adele’s 25 for album of the year, with Bey instead taking home the gong for best urban contemporary album. Solange quickly pointed out that there have only been two black winners in the last 20 years for album of the year and now Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent have joined in to accuse the Grammys of racism.
Writing on his website last night in a post tagged under ‘just a reminder – don’t be racist’, Stevens asks “WTF is Urban Contemporary?,” before answering: “It’s where the white man puts the incomparable pregnant black woman because he is so threatened by her talent, power, persuasion and potential.”
St. Vincent later added her voice for support.
Only 10 black artists have won album of the year in five decades of the Grammys – Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Lionel Richie, Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston and Quincy Jones.