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Michael Zorn/Invision/AP

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.”

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  • I feel her. This sort of leads to my gripe about urban radio. Jazmine’s most recent records get pretty good play on urban adult contemporary stations, not so much the R&B/Hip Hop ones. Yet those stations will play Adele and Justin Beiber’s R&B/soul jacking records. But Adele and Justin Beiber already get play on Top 40 and Pop radio. So we’re increasing their already widespread exposure, yet not giving enough attention to our own artists.

    Jazmine is an incredible vocalist and songwriter, and it’s sad that “we” don’t support real artists and musicians like her more. Like she said, there’s some support, but not enough considering the buying power of the black community at large.

    • Sparger

      Most stations are owned by the same few corporations that pick what songs will be played. The people deciding this are majority white.

  • Jazmine Sullivan has the right to voice her views on this issue. Jazmine Sullivan for years have expressed great talent and she is a songwriter. In this Western society, there is a double standard. Many R&B artists who are black and exist during this generation, are readily not respected of their talent (by numerous people). While numerous non-black artists, regardless of talent skill, are given the red carpet by corporate interests. So, we have to support black artists who have excellent talent and we don’t need white validation. Our talent and our worth is not defined by the expectations of mainstream society. Black artists like Jazmine Sullivan do deserve more airtime and more respect as human beings. Her records are very amazing. More and more people are talking about the double standards and the outright disrespect that black artists experience. Now is the time to advance the change.

  • hon3y b33

    i co-sign 100; they are in a rush to pave soul with blue eyed white artists such as sam smith and adele, and IMHO they are “ok” but are very overly hyped. It’s a shame, we have so many talented black artists that sound WAY better, but don’t get the true recognition or push that they deserve. The same can be said in hip-hop (with Eminem and Iggy), the powers that be want to erase our great musical history/legacy.

  • Rizzo

    the blue eyed soul concept has been around since the mid 1950’s — maybe earlier. a lot of white folks have made a lot of money and have developed huge fan bases when ‘trying’ to sing what they have labelled as ‘rhythm and blues’ — those fans/followers include/included black people, which makes their fan base even bigger resulting in even more fame, notoriety and more money.