After big sis Beyoncé failed to take home the top prizes at Sunday night’s (Feb. 12) Grammy Awards, Solange tweeted a rather radical suggestion on how to make sure the Knowles family doesn’t sit through another disappointing night like that. “Create your own committees, build your own institutions, give your friends awards, award yourself, and be the gold you wanna hold, my Gs,” she wrote.
While that tweet (and one that incorrectly stated that only two black artists have won album of the year in the last 20 years — the correct number is four) has been deleted, a number of users preserved them.
— Jill Krajewski (@JillKrajewski) February 13, 2017
Users also preserved her earlier co-sign of a Frank Ocean‘s Tumblr post in which the Blonde singer, who elected to sit out this year’s show out of protest, took the event’s producer and writer to task for suggesting he skipped due to the poor quality of his 2013 performance on the show.
— Shady Music Facts (@TheFactsOfShade) February 13, 2017
Both Solange and Beyoncé took home Grammy awards at the show — best urban contemporary album for Bey and best R&B performance for Solange (“Cranes in the Sky”) — but Solange wasn’t alone in criticizing the way things went down and the Grammy system. Sufjan Stevens also weighed in, writing a post entitled “Just a Reminder — Don’t Be Racist” on his website in which he asked “WTF is ‘Urban Contemporary?'”
The answer, he wrote, is “it’s where the white man puts the incomparable pregnant black woman because he is so threatened by her talent, power, persuasion and potential.”
St. Vincent seconded that emotion, tweeting “Re: Beyoncé and the Grammys. What Sufjan said.”
Re: Beyoncé and the Grammys. What Sufjan said.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) February 14, 2017
Even Adele, who won the album of the year prize for 25, hinted during her acceptance speech that Beyoncé deserved to win just as much as she did, saying, “But my artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album, for me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental.”