Rising star Ari Lennox says she’s turning her musical light off after walking home empty-handed at last night’s Soul Train Awards.
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The ‘Shea Butter Baby’ belter was nominated in a number of categories at this year’s ceremony, yet was bested by others in each and every instance.
And while some acts draw on such losses as motivation, Lennox says it’s quite the opposite.
Taking to Twitter, the 28-year-old says she instead feels deflated.
Her candid words below…
“You know what I realized? People who genuinely f*ck with me understand my frustration. People who are self hating haters and clearly have never given my music a chance got the biggest problem with me always.
No one will have to worry about me complaining after this current complaint. Lol what I will not do is ever be this depressed again
It’s not just an award. It wasn’t any award show. It was the soul train awards. As you can see I’m big fan of soul music and huge fan of soul trains history.
Being snubbed was something I always expected and was definitely prepared for just not by them.
My intent was to never shade other nominees. I’m hurt and I don’t expect soulless haters to understand that
Everytime I wrap my mind around it I just can’t accept it. It feels like a break up. I made a soulful album. I never ran from who I am. I just expected that one platform to understand that.
it takes a lot of energy to do these things and ultimately this was a hard loss for me.
My intent is never to annoy people who clearly don’t f*ck with me, I dont be asking these shady blogs to post what I write.
Me being honest doesn’t make me less gracious or less star worthy.
I’m not selling out. So I quit.”
An outpouring of feedback ensued, not all of which was positive. Lennox of those:
“To all those annoyed with me, you got it. I won’t lose my mind over this sh*t. I will save my sanity first.
Tired of being annoying tired of being annoyed. I just ain’t built like the rest of them. This sh*t ain’t for me.
It’s clear I’m not “cool” enough. Not trendy enough and I don’t care to be. I don’t strive for that. I’m not going to chase this sh*t ever again. No more fake sh*t on my part.
It’s not just the awards. SBB was slept on in so many ways. Im too emotional to pretend like I can play this game.
I’ll join the damn army.”
Again clapping back at those critical of her comments, she added:
“For people saying I just started no. I’ve been grinding since 2009.
Dear fake fans please unfollow. I’m not entitled. I’m hurt. There’s deeper things i would love to say but I just can’t. It’s not entitlement. It’s blatant disrespect”
On one hand, we’re all sorts of here for this level of frankness in an era where artists are so PC.
That said, in her sharing this, we’re kinda perplexed at what the hoped outcome would be.
Sure she may just be venting, but once the smoke has settled…what’s the best case scenario? Because this rant is unlikely to drastically add to her listener count.
Still, she’s an immensely talented artist with awesome music. So here’s hoping she cultivates an equation that’ll garner her the recognition she wants and authentically deserves.