Lee was frustrated about Beyoncé being passed over for Album of the Year.
At this year’s Grammy Awards, beloved singer songwriter Beyoncé was one of the night’s biggest winners, clinching four different award categories. Thanks to those awards, Beyoncé is now the most-awarded artist in the history of the Grammys. However, one award has continued to evade her: the award for Best Album, which she lost again this year to Harry Styles.
Many of Beyoncé’s fans expressed frustration with the snub, saying that if she should have gotten the coveted award any year, it should have been this one. Out of all her fans, one of her most vocal was director and filmmaker Spike Lee, who expressed his frustrations in an interview with The Guardian.
“I’m not the male president of the Bey Hive, but I love and support Beyoncé. Her album is amazing. I know she’s won multiple Grammys, but four times nominated for album of the year and she’s lost every time? No disrespect to those artists like Adele or Harry Styles who won. It’s not their fault, but that’s some straight-up bulls—,” Lee said.
Spike Lee on Beyoncé’s Grammy Album of the Year Loss: “We Know What the Deal Is” https://t.co/zUP089d7WV
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“There’s a history of great black artists who come up for these awards and don’t win,” Lee added. “We all know their work is great because art speaks for itself. But then it always comes down to this tricky territory of validation. Do black artists say: ‘F— it’ – or seek white validation and chase awards? I just want to give a shoutout to my sister Beyoncé. We know what the deal is. It’s straight-up shenanigans, skulduggery, subterfuge. Or as the British say: it’s some poppycock!”