That american idol winner came along Cut for a recent interview in which she publicly reflected on the controversial 2009 Grammy Awards for the first time.
“I found out like everyone else found out,” she said. “We were nominated for Best R&B Collaboration that year. As soon as I stepped foot on the red carpet, I had both label publicists say, ‘You know nothing.’ And I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ Because I really didn’t know anything.”
“More and more people started getting the news about it, and I’m just sitting there looking like, ‘I don’t know.’ I was a kid, too — I’m 18 years old at this point. Then I get it on my phone, and I just go, ‘Oh my God.’
“Not that I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m better than all these people.’ The song was huge, so I thought, ‘We have a really good chance to win this. They announce the winner and it ends up being Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ I was so blown away and I just couldn’t believe it.”
Sparks admitted she was naive to the politics of the industry when it came to awards shows as a teenager at the time.
“I think a lot of the powers that be had a hand in the game [it]. It was a really hard time for me because I didn’t understand. I didn’t understand,” she continued. “I also didn’t know about the ins and outs of the business and the puppetry and the hands that can go into a lot of things.”
On February 8, 2009, an argument broke out between the former couple in Brown’s Lamborghini after RiRi allegedly went through his text messages and found a message from someone he was previously involved with. Brown claims the Barbados-born singer said she hated him and started hitting him.
“I remember she tried to kick me, but then I really hit her with a closed fist like I was punching her.” Brown recalled back in 2017. “I hit her lip. When I saw it, I was in shock. I was like, ‘Fuck, why the hell did I hit her?’ From there she spat in my face…who spat blood in my face and that made me even more furious. It was a real fight in the car.”
“No Air” was released in 2008 and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The anthem was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Awards in the Best Pop Collaboration category. It is Jordin Sparks’ biggest hit to date and the only Grammy nomination of her career.