John Legend has reflected on racial injustice in the music industry, claiming that it’s “almost impossible” for Black artists to triumph in the top awards category at the Grammys.
Legend replied: “It’s almost impossible for a Black artist to win Album of the Year. How many years do we have to see Beyoncé snubbed? Kanye [West] has never won. It’s kind of insane… We’ve got to do something, because that’s a terrible record, and Diddy is right to complain about it.”
Of the 62 albums that have won album of the year, 12 – almost 20% – are by Black artists. The most recent winner was Herbie Hancock, who triumphed with 2008’s ‘River: The Joni Letters’.
Last month, Legend shared the artwork and tracklist for his upcoming new album ‘Bigger Love’.
The follow-up to 2016’s ‘Darkness And Light’ is executive produced by Raphael Saadiq, who oversaw Solange‘s critically acclaimed ‘A Seat At The Table’ and released his latest album, ‘Jimmy Lee’, last year.