When Halsey won her very first American Music Award on Sunday, November 24, the 25-year-old seemingly shared a powerful message about her Grammy nomination snub. While the AMAs recognized her winning single “Without Me” as fans’ favorite pop/rock song of the year, the Grammys failed to do the same. Evidently, Halsey did not hold back during her acceptance speech.
“I grew up watching shows like this,” the singer said. “And I would sit at home wide-eyed and watch artists in these beautiful gowns and handsome suits, like, stroll up the stairs to the stage and they would hold up these awards and usually gold-plated, shiny and weighted, these, like, metaphors, right? These trophies that were supposed to be some kind of validation for the soul-crushing and heartache-inducing work that they put into writing a song and bringing it to life.”
Then, she got candid about why being snubbed shouldn’t matter to artists. “And to be honest with you, I really believed that fairy tale,” she continued. “I believed these awards. When I was a kid, I used to believe that this award was the ultimate validation and that I’d come up here and laugh and cry and my fans at home would rejoice because we accomplished this thing together. But the truth is that I am older now and I’m also an artist and apparently, I’m doing OK. But most of these awards really aren’t what they seem at all. But that’s okay because I’m up here right now and I’m so thankful to the AMAs because they’re the world’s largest FAN voted awards show.”
This isn’t the first time Halsey addressed the issue. When the Grammys announced their nominations a few days prior, Halsey took to Twitter to ask fans to not be upset. “My fans, please do not waste your anger or frustration,” she wrote on November 20. “I see a lot of you are upset. Of course, I’m sad, too. None of it matters. Literally none of it.”
She continued, “You’re here. I’m here and everything is gonna stay exactly the same and ‘Without Me’ is still a super tight, record-breaking song.” Very true! This is only the beginning for Halsey.