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Alessia Cara Defends Her Grammy Award Win for Best New Artist: ‘What I’ve Created Is Worth Something’

Alessia Cara arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018 in New York City. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Not letting anyone steal her thunder. Following Alessia Cara’s Grammy win for Best New Artist at the award show on Sunday, January 28, the singer faced some unwanted criticism and like a boss, she defended herself.

The 21-year-old artist took to her Instagram page to share her feelings in a lengthy post on Monday, January 29, after commenters took to social media to call her out for not deserving the win, noting that she had actually broke out in 2015 with her song “Here.”

“To address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment,” she wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of herself surrounded by balloons.

She continued: “But I was nominated and won and I am not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was a kid, not to mention have worked really hard for.“

“I meant everything I said about everyone deserving the same shot,” she wrote before elaborating on something that she briefly touched on during her acceptance speech — they industry being a “popularity” contest.

The “Stars to Your Beautiful” singer nudged at the fact that she will continue to use “the platform” she’s been given to “bring light” to the unfairness that surrounds the recording industry.

“I will not let everything I’ve worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments … Despite my 183625 insecurities, I’ve been shown that what I’ve created is worth something and that people actually give a shit,” she concluded. “All of the years feeling like I wasn’t good at anything or that I was naive for dreaming about something improbable have paid off in a way that I have yet to process.”

As previously reported, Cara was the only woman to win a 2018 Grammy in a top category.