In a new interview with Laura Snapes for The Guardian, three time Grammy-nominated artist Fiona Apple has called out the awards show for their hypocritical Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald nomination.
I also got to have some wonderful conversations with Fiona about songwriting breakthroughs on a mini trampoline, getting out of your own way and stealing herself back from what malign people said she was 🌿 https://t.co/RmDAqrpfd6
— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) December 18, 2020
Dr. Luke was nominated for Record of the Year under his pseudonym Tyson Trax for his work on Doja Cat’s “Say So.” “They had [Kesha] up there singing ‘Praying,’ and now they’re gonna go: ‘Oh but it’s Tyson Trax!'” Apple says in the interview.
“Praying,” which was released in July 2017, is about Kesha’s alleged abuse from Dr. Luke, who has denied the allegations and sued Kesha for defamation.
“I’m waiting to hear more about what Deborah Dugan [former Recording Academy president] has to say [about the culture at the Recording Academy] because that all reeks to me,” Apple continues. “When you hire somebody and they raise questions and then they get fired? There’s a lot of things that she brought up that make it so that I can’t vet that situation and I don’t really wanna go there and support it.”
In a new interview, Fiona Apple says she's considered a Grammys boycott https://t.co/Fj8gg78I7B
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In the interview, Apple also talked about her Best Rock Performance nomination, where she’s up against only female-fronted acts. “I immediately had this feeling: I wish I was in a room with here ladies and we could celebrate,” Apple says. “I felt really nice for a second.”
Apple then added:
“I keep going back to them putting Kesha on stage like, ‘We believe you’ – and I believe her – then two years later, fucking Tyson Trax. Not to go back to that word, but it’s bullshit. The feeling of wanting to celebrate with these women was genuine. But I should have that feeling anyway. I don’t know if anybody who’s nominated can help having the thought: What would I do if I won? My vision was that I would just get up there with a sledgehammer and I wouldn’t say anything, I would take the Grammy and smash it into enough pieces to share and I would invite all the ladies up. My second thought was I wonder if I can get all these ladies to boycott this shit because of Dr Luke.”