- After receiving three nominations in the pop category for the 2021 Grammys, Justin Bieber spoke out claiming his album was meant to be an R&B one.
- "Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me," he said in a statement.
- In a Pitchfork interview, the Recording Academy's Harvey Mason Jnr said the organisation uses their "best efforts to get people where they wanna be and where they should be".
The Recording Academy chair and interim president/CEO, Harvey Mason Jnr has responded to Justin Bieber's claims that his album, Changes, has been nominated in the wrong category for the 2021 Grammy awards.
Justin bagged four nominations for the upcoming 63rd annual Grammys - Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
With three of his nominations in the pop category (the fourth is for his collab with country stars Dan + Shay), Justin made it clear on social media that Changes was meant to be an R&B album.
"Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me," he said in a statement.
"I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound. For this not to be put into that category feels weird considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style all the way down to the hip hop drums that were chosen it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B album!" he added.
The singer went on to say that he loves pop music, but that's just not what he was going for this time. Either way, Justin said he was still honoured to be nominated.
Now, in response to Justin's claims, Harvey Mason said in an interview with Pitchfork: "Art's a funny thing because it's so subjective, and at the Academy our goal is to honour excellence. At some point, decisions have to be made as to how to compare different things, and it is a very tough process and one I don't think we get right every time," he told the publication.
"We use our best efforts to get people where they wanna be and where they should be and try to evaluate them as best as we can. If he felt that was that type of a record, then, you know... I'll just leave it at that," Harvey concluded, adding that the Recording Academy tries "really hard to make sure people's art is respected and evaluated in the right category".