The pop star received four new Grammy nods on Tuesday: Best Pop Solo Performance for “Yummy”, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Intentions”, Best Pop Vocal Album for Changes and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his “10,000 Hours” collab with Dan+ Shay.
It’s the pop categories that Bieber took issue with, sharing a statement on his Instagram page that conveys his opinion that Changes was an R&B album and should have been recognized as such.
“I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry. I am very meticulous and intentional about my music,” the singer wrote. “With that being said, I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album.”
“To be clear I absolutely love pop music it just wasn’t what I set out to make this time around. My gratitude for feeling respected for my work remains and I am honored to be nominated either way,” he added.
“Please don’t mistake this as me being ungrateful, these are just my thoughts take em or leave em,” Bieber captioned his statement. “Thank you to the people who fought for me to even have any noms.”
Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. has since responded to Bieber’s comments in a new interview with Pitchfork.
“We always want to respect the artist’s wishes,” he said in response to a question about Bieber and artists who feel their nominations don’t necessarily match the category that their music is in. “Art’s a funny thing because it’s so subjective, and at the Academy our goal is to honour excellence.
“At some point, decisions have to be made as to how to compare different things, and it is a very tough process and one I don’t think we get right every time. We use our best efforts to get people where they wanna be and where they should be and try to evaluate them as best as we can. If he felt that was that type of a record, then, you know… I’ll just leave it at that.
“We try really hard to make sure people’s art is respected and evaluated in the right category.”
Bieber released Changes back in February — his fifth studio album and his first full-length release since 2015’s Purpose.
“I feel like this is different than the previous albums just because of where I’m at in my life,” Bieber said of the new album, in a teaser video posted to YouTube. “We all have different stories; I’m just excited to share mine… It’s the music that I’ve loved the most of anything I’ve done.”