In an action-packed evening of winners, Fiona Apple also emerged victorious as she claimed the award for ‘Best Alternative Music Album’ at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Apple managed to overcome stiff competition in the category and her 2020 album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, was picked ahead of Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher, Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush, Brittany Howard’s Jaime, and Beck’s latest record Hyperspace.
The musician, who was last nominated for a Grammy back in 1998, also won an award for her Fetch the Bolt Cutters track ‘Shameika’ which claimed victory in the ‘Best Rock Performance’ category. Despite the landmark evening for Apple, she was not in attendance for the ceremony. The singer-songwriter had confirmed earlier in the day that she would not attend because she did not want to be on television.
“I’m not gonna be at the Grammys. It’s not because I’m trying to protest even though I have problems with the Grammys,” Apple said in the video that was posted to social media by filmmaker and friend Zelda Hallman.
“It’s just really because I don’t want to be on national television,” Apple added. “I’m just not made for that kind of stuff. I wanna stay sober and I can’t do that sober. It doesn’t feel safe to me to be in that kind of exposure, scrutiny [and] comparison to people.”
See Apple’s statement in the video, below.