MARIAH Carey has dissed the Grammy Awards and says she no longer cares about winning at the music industry’s night of nights.
Thursday - 08/03/2018 18:17
MARIAH Carey has some strong words for the Grammys: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
“In the music business, if you care about the Grammys and submitting your stuff before a certain time frame, you want a single out in the summer, and then you want to have your record [out] before the Grammys deadline, which has changed,” Carey, 47, told V Magazine.
“I mean, I have five Grammys. That’s cute. There’s people that have been doing this half the time that have twice as many,” she continued.
“I won two Grammys the first year I started, but after that, [the Grammys] are like, ‘We don’t go with the people that are selling a lot of records and are popular; we’re gonna go the opposite way.’ So I got screwed out of certain years. I wasn’t bitter about it. I was just like, ‘Okay, well, I guess I’m not standing here barefoot onstage singing and trying to go a certain way.’ I’m just me.”
The Elusive Chanteuse said she’s currently in the studio working on new music and touched on her recent management shake-ups, having dropped failed comedian and reality show producer Stella Bulochnikov in favour of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation late last year.
“I was in a different place in terms of who I was working with for the business side of things, which is everything,” she said. “The whole thing is business, really. I consider myself more of a musician first than a business person, I don’t necessarily think of things that way; it’s music first. That’s the most important thing for me.”
The Hero singer also alluded to a new, subtly feminist take on her career.
“I think it’s like a fresh start. A lot of people see that whole other image. They see this diva: They see hair, makeup, bod, clothes, whatever it is — and hand gestures — and they’re like, ‘Oh,’” she said. “They don’t think ‘songwriter.’ But I look at myself as a songwriter first, and then a singer. That’s what I love to do the most.”
Carey added, “It’s something that I think a lot of people don’t give women enough credit for, unless they are known visually as someone strumming a guitar, or they’re behind a piano most of the time.”
However, fret not, Lambs, because Mimi doesn’t plan on dropping the diva act entirely.
“I also have that diva thing attached to me,” she said. “I mean, I’m sitting here doing an interview in lingerie. But I was just like, you’re totally gonna understand that this is what I’m gonna wear! Why should I wear something uncomfortable? This is what I like.”