Summer WalkerThe name has apparently been left out of the awards conversation this year, but instead of being put off, the snobs are inspiring her to return to her roots.
In an Instagram story posted Tuesday night (November 29), Summer revealed plans for a new project after realizing that catering to a more popular sound still doesn’t warrant mainstream recognition.
“Now that I know these awards are gone, I’m playing regardless of going back to making the soul music that I love [white heart emoji] ep coming soon,” she wrote.
You can watch Summer Walker’s Insta Story below:
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The post will follow shortly The 2023 Grammy Awards nominees were announcedwhere The latest effort of the summer Still over it was not recognized in any category. Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Lucky Daye, Jazmine Sullivan and Muni Long were among her peers named in the Academy’s R&B categories.
Still over it arrived in November 2021 and was widely praised by fans and critics alike. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 166,000 album-equivalent units sold, making it the highest-charting album by a female R&B artist since Beyoncé’s Lemonade in 2016. It was also the biggest opening week for an R&B album of 2021.
And although she was nominated in both the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and BET HER categories at the 2022 BET Awards over the summer, she left empty-handed. However, she made some headlines at the show when her scantily clad red carpet look was the subject of controversy as some people accused her of disrespecting Africans by sexualizing the Hmong people’s jewelry.
Summer Walker wasn’t the only R&B star snubbed by the Grammys this year. Dreamville star Ari Lennox was also left out – much to the dismay of her fans.
“Ari Lennox really gets ripped off every year at the Grammys and no one talks about it, her latest album was absolutely top 3 albums of the year,” wrote one angry fan on Twitter.
But like Summer, Ari turned the snub into inspiration, announcing a 27-city tour for 2023 shortly after the nominees were revealed.