At the American Music Awards, Halsey won an award for Favorite Pop/Rock Song. During her speech, she talked about growing and up and watching awards shows as a child. She also took a jab at the music industry, and awards shows in general.
” I grew up watching shows like this,” she said. “And I would sit at home, wide-eyed, and watch artists in these beautiful gowns and handsome suits, stroll up the stairs to the stage. And they would hold up these awards, and they were usually like, gold plated and shiny… 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.”
“To be honest with you, I really believed that fairy tale, I believed these awards. When I was a kid, I use 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, but the truth is that I am older now and I’m also an artist, and apparently I’m doing okay,” she said, raising her trophy. “But most of these awards really aren’t what they seem – at all. But that’s okay, because I’m up here right now, and I am so thankful today to the AMAs because they are the world’s largest fan-voted award show.”
“And I’m thankful to the fans because they’re the people who really give a s— about music. And I’m thankful to the AMA’s for giving those people a voice. You know, I’m gonna keep making music for them, and for us. Sometimes you grow up and the stuff that you believed in starts to lose its magic, but music never does, because real fans, real artists, real stories keep that magic alive.”
Halsey wasn’t nominated for any Grammys when the nominations were announced earlier this week; the Grammys are voted on by music industry insiders.