Wale, Kelly Clarkson and Miguel: D.C. Rapper Takes Offense to Singer’s Grammy Comments
"I didn't like the Kelly Clarkson back-handed comments to Miguel," the D.C.-bred rapper told MTV News. "I just feel like our urban music is belittled, a little bit."
Kelly Clarkson took home the award for Best Pop Vocal album with her LP Stronger, but when she went up to accept her trophy, she offered what could have been perceived as slight to Miguel, who'd just performed "Adorn" with Wiz Khalifa.
"Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are," she said. "But we need to sing together. I mean, good God, that was the sexiest damn thing I've ever seen."
It wasn't so much the comment but what it signified that angered Wale. And the performance itself -- a short one -- got to him.
"Not trying to offend nobody on the committee, but for a record as big as 'Adorn,' and it to not be presented as a real performance onstage; it was almost like a segue to an award," he explained. "Again, I don't want to offend anybody on the committee, but that wasn't a very good representation of our music because 'Adorn' is gonna be around for the next 30 years."
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