Rapper Wale Bothered by Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy Speech, Feels Urban Music is Slighted

There were many moments at the 2013 Grammy Awards that were all the rage of convo at the water cooler the next morning, one of them being Kelly Clarkson’s acceptance speech after winning Best Pop Vocal album. Miguel had just performed “Adorn” (Best R&B Song) with Wiz Khalifa, and Clarkson rambled on in what could be detected as nervousness, excitement, and/or intoxication.

"Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are," she said. "But we need to sing together. I mean, good God, that was the sexiest damn thing I've ever seen."

Twitter was busy with comments from those who felt a certain way about her statement; it didn’t sit well with many people, one of them being rapper Wale. Speaking with MTV News, the D.C. rapper said, "I didn't like the Kelly Clarkson’s back-handed comments to Miguel. I just feel like our urban music is belittled, a little bit."

Supposedly, her comment of “not knowing who Miguel is” was a confirmation to Wale as a sort of shade towards urban music at the Grammys. The fact that Miguel’s performance was so short and not on the main stage felt like a slight towards the genre as a whole.

"Not trying to offend nobody on the committee, but for a record as big as 'Adorn,' and it to not be presented as a real performance onstage; it was almost like a segue to an award," he explained. "Again, I don't want to offend anybody on the committee, but that wasn't a very good representation of our music because 'Adorn' is gonna be around for the next 30 years."



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