Halsey Shades the Grammys in Her AMAs Acceptance Speech and Fans Love It

The American Music Awards aired on Nov. 24. Halsey went home with her first AMA for Favorite Song – Pop/Rock. The singer won for her song “Without Me.”

When Halsey accepted the award, she gave a passionate speech about not needing the validation of awards. Halsey also praised that the AMAs is entirely based on fans’ votes and gives a voice to music lovers. Some viewed Halsey’s speech at the AMAs as throwing shade at the Grammy Awards, and fans are totally here for it.

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Halsey won her first AMA on Nov. 24

Halsey released her song “Without Me” in October 2018. The single is part of her upcoming 2020 album, Manic. “Without Me” reached the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 29 weeks in the top 10 spots on the chart. On Oct. 12, 2019, it reached one year on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

At the 2019 AMAs, Halsey was nominated for three awards: Artist of the Year, Favorite Song – Pop/Rock, and Favorite Music Video. She won the award for Favorite Song – Pop/Rock, earning her first AMA win. At the awards show, Halsey also performed her new single, “Graveyard.”

The singer delivered a passionate speech about awards

When Halsey accepted the award for Favorite Song – Pop/Rock, she delivered a passionate speech about the validation that comes with awards.

She began, “I grew up watching shows like this, and I would sit at home, wide-eyed, and watch artists in these beautiful gowns and handsome suits stroll up and hold these awards. They were usually gold-plated and shiny and weighted, these metaphors, right?”

“These trophies that were supposed to be some kind of validation for the soul-crushing and heartache-inducing work that they put into writing a song and bringing it to life,” she said. “And to be honest with you, I really believed that fairy tale. I believed these awards. When I was a kid, I used to believe that this award was the ultimate validation and that I’d come up here and laugh and cry and my fans at home would rejoice because we accomplished this thing together.”

In a bold move, Halsey then changed the tone of her speech. She revealed how her view on awards shows has changed, and that she appreciates the AMAs for being a fan-voted awards show.

“But the truth is that I am older now and I’m also an artist and apparently I’m doing okay. But most of these awards really aren’t what they seem at all,” Halsey said.

She continued, “I am so thankful to the AMAs because they are the world’s largest fan voted awards show. I’m thankful to the fans because they’re the people who really give a sh*t about the music and I’m thankful for the AMAs for giving them a voice.”

Fans loved Halsey’s speech at the AMAs

After Halsey’s speech at the AMAs, social media erupted. Music fans thanked Halsey for making a point about the industry. In their mind, Halsey was not just speaking for herself. Her speech was for all artists and their fans.

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“‘music never loses its magic because real fans, real artists and real stories. keep that magic alive’ halsey is a true, unique artist and I love her with my entire heart #AMAs,” one fan tweeted.

Another fan tweeted, “I admire @halsey for her speech. It was personal, heartfelt, and the truth. It takes a lot of courage to speak out against an industry entity like the Grammy’s, which definitely appears to have its own agenda. Way to go Halsey, and congratulations on your win!”

“i’ll never need sunscreen anymore because the SHADE halsey just threw at the grammy’s will protect me,” a Twitter user joked.