While some of the biggest names in the music biz congregated at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Monday to attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, Halsey was a no-show.
Asked why she wasn’t in attendance by one of her Twitter followers, the “Bad At Love” singer offered a candid response.
Having directed her own music videos, she didn’t receive a single nomination for this year’s VMAs. As a result, she tweeted, “it didn’t feel right for me to go,” adding that her fans’ enjoyment of the videos she directed for her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album is “all that matters to me.”
Halsey and her fans aren’t the only ones expressing dismay over her VMAs snub.
On Tuesday, Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui weighed in with a series of tweets blasting the VMAs for not recognizing Halsey’s videos.
Noting that Halsey directed videos “for her multiple hits” from the album, Jauregui points out that she “still had the sales and the numbers on top of her dedication to her craft,” adding, “that’s why it’s mind boggling to me.”
In a final tweet, Jauregui insists that Halsey “deserved at the very least a nomination” for directing her own videos, “not to mention her attention to detail stringing them into a story. I feel like that deserves recognition, especially in a climate where most artists don’t even write” their own songs.