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Tyler The Creator: Grammy Win Feels Like A "Back Handed Compliment"

The 62nd annual Grammy award show saw Tyler, The Creator take home his very first Grammy for Best Rap Album. An album that was two years in the making.

Taking home the award for “IGOR”, Tyler took the stage with his mother. Filled with joy and excitement Tyler, The Creator would not get lost in the moment, realizing these opportunities are scare. “Stick with me, I don’t know if I’m gonna be up here again,” Tyler, The Creator told the world during his acceptance speech.

Right by his side was his mother who couldn’t contain her emotions of watching proudly as her son won his first Grammy. “To my mother, you did a great job raising this guy,” said Tyler looking and smiling at his mother.

Tyler, The Creator would also performed on the Grammy night, and gave a performance that only Tyler can. Performing two of hits ‘Earfquake’ and ‘New Magic Wand’ alongside R&B artist Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men.

“I’m just happy I got to perform that type of music and that idea on a stage like this in the mist of all the stuff that’s usually here. That what was my main concern this whole weekend. I won and I’m super hyped, but letting that exist in the mist of all of this was like something I’m just really hyped on. Whether people liked it or not, I wanted everyone to be like what the f*** was that. And, I think I succeeded in that, so I’m on cloud nine.”

Despite a successful night, when putting things into perspective, Tyler had mixed emotions about his Grammy experience. “I’m half and half on it. On one side I’m very grateful that what I made could just be acknowledged in a world like this. But, also it sucks whenever we, and I mean guys that look like me, that do anything that’s genre bending or that’s anything, they always put it in a rapper urban category,” said Tyler to reporters backstage at the Grammy’s.

“I don’t like that urban word, it’s just a politically correct way to say the N word to me,” explains Tyler, The Creator. “Half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment. Like, oh my little cousin wants to play the game. Let’s give him the unplugged controller so he can shut up and feel good about it. That’s what it felt like a bit.”

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With that being said, the other half of Tyler is indeed grateful. Given the lack of radio play, Tyler still was able to achieve the unthinkable. “Another half of me is very grateful that the art I make can be acknowledged on a level like this when I don’t do the radio stuff. I’m not played in Target. I’m in a whole different world then what a lot of people in here listen to.”


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