Jazmine Sullivan isn’t a new kid on the block when it comes to her singing career. But you’d think so if you were searching for the accolades she’s received. But then you have the Adele’s of the world, who many people feel have taken R&B and Soul music and profited from it.
In an interview with Associated Press, Sullivan explained her gripes about the new-school version of “blue-eyed” soul that seems to be getting more recognition nowadays.
“I guess I’m glad that people are recognizing me in some way and kind of seeing there’s a little injustice in how Black soul artists are received,” she said. “But at the same time, I try not to focus so much on the negativity.”
During Feb. 15th’s Grammy Awards, Sullivan is in the running for 3 awards – Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album—if she wins, it’ll be her first win ever, despite receiving 11 nominations in her career.
“I think it’s just a matter of making myself known to more people,” she said. “I think it’s about spreading Jazmine Sullivan’s brand, I guess, to more people….[There] may not be as many people who listen to Adele, [but] there are people who are listening. There are people who appreciate me. There are people who love my music.”
We’re rooting for you!