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Grimes voices support for Charli XCX after Grammys snub

The pop maverick called the ceremony 'so irrelevant'

By Joe Goggins

Split of Charli XCX press shot, 2021, and screengrab from Grimes' 'New Gods' video, 2022
The pair have both experienced Grammy snubs. (Photos: Emily Lipson/YouTube)

Grimes has backed up Charli XCX after the Crash singer-songwriter addressed her Grammy Awards snub.

XCX’s latest album went to number one on both sides of the Atlantic, but she was not nominated in any category at last night’s (February 7) ceremony in Los Angeles. Accordingly, she took two Twitter yesterday to share her apparently tongue-in-cheek thoughts on the awards, writing in an Instagram caption to a new selfie: “me not being nominated for a grammy for crash is like mia goth not being nominated for an oscar for pearl and only further proves that people don’t wanna see hot evil girls thrive.”

She was referring to the overlooking of last year’s surprise box office hit Pearl at this year’s Academy Awards, which stars Mia Goth as an aspiring actress who becomes murderous when her dreams of stardom are dashed. Grimes, who has never been nominated for a Grammy despite her long-held status as an indie darling, was quick to weigh in with a message of support for XCX.

“The Grammies are so irrelevant I wouldn’t even sweat it,” she said in a comment on XCX’s post. “I stopped even clocking them in any capacity when I Was on the producer of the year board and they quite literally would not allow me to nominate anyone who wasn’t on a pre fabricated list that was exceptionally boring. I was one of 3 women and the only person under 40 for sure. It’s literally not a relevant thing.” 

Grimes went on to say that she had previously tried to put late producer SOPHIE forward for an award, only to have the request refused. “I tried to nominate Sophie and was told that wasn’t allowed.” The Scottish singer-songwriter, who passed away in January 2021, was honoured at last night ceremony when Kim Petras name-checked her in her acceptance speech, as she became only the second trans woman to win a Grammy, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Unholy’ with Sam Smith. “Thank you so much for your inspiration, SOPHIE,” she said. “I adore you, and your inspiration will forever be in my music.”