Chika‘s major-label debut, Industry Games, contributed to her first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist at the 2021 Grammy Music Awards.
She says she isn’t insensitive to those who were not nominated after “not seeing someone who I think deserves it be nominated.”
“I fully understand the frustration and confusion when it comes to people being like, “yo, they don’t ever get it right,'” Chika told Entertainment Weekly. “I also think that people think that the Grammys is for white people who are like, ‘All right, give us the songs. Now let’s begin.’ That’s not how it works.”
“There are people who work on these songs and who are in the industry who are given the opportunity to nominate people based on how the year is reflected,” she continues.
Chika said due to the “subjective” nature of awards shows, “they’re always going to miss somebody.”
“It’s the nature of awards,” she continues. “Even with me getting this nomination, I celebrated the way it felt, because who knows what’s going to happen the day I show up? I’m not going home sad though, because I already won. That’s the way I want people to look at things.”
Fans can expect “a whole lot of music” says the Warner Records signee as we enter 2021 including ” an album and another project simultaneously.”
“[I’m] just applying more pressure and having more fun,” said Chika. “With this Grammy nod, it’s such a confirmation that I can do whatever I want, that I’m going to have fun and make things that I think people like. I hope they like.”
By Rachel George
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