Mariah Carey says she’s been “screwed” out of winning Grammys

Carey argues that the Grammys don't reward "popular" artists that are "selling a lot of records"

Mariah Carey says that she has been “screwed” out of winning several Grammy awards, but isn’t “bitter about it” and doesn’t “give a damn” about the Grammys.

The singer has won five Grammys over the course of her career, picking up Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1991, followed by Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best R&B Song and, again, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2006. She has been nominated a total of 34 times.

Speaking to V Magazine recently, Carey said: “In the music business, if you care about the Grammys and submitting your stuff before a certain time frame, you want a single out in the summer, and then you want to have your record [out] before the Grammys [consideration] deadline, which has changed.”

She added: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. I mean, I have five Grammys. That’s cute. There’s people that have been doing this half the time that have twice as many [Grammys].”

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

“I won two Grammys the first year I started,” Carey then noted, “but after that, [the Grammys] are like, ‘We don’t go with the people that are selling a lot of records and are popular; we’re gonna go the opposite way.'”

“So I got screwed out of certain years. I wasn’t bitter about it. I was just like, okay, well, I guess I’m not standing here barefoot onstage singing and trying to go a certain way. I’m just me.”

Elsewhere, Carey spoke about being inspired by Childish Gambino, saying: “I enjoy a lot of people that you wouldn’t think of”.