Tyler, the Creator, was left stunned last night after he picked up the award for Best Rap Album at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.
"I don't know if he's here, but I really wanna thank Pharrell Williams," he said as his mother sobbed beside him on stage, "because, again, growing up, feeling left and center to a lot of stuff that I saw on TV, that man has allowed me to be comfortable with myself, and has opened up doors that you guys cannot imagine ... so thank you, P."
After accepting his award, Tyler had some critical words about the ceremony's voting panel back in the press room.
"I'm half and half on it," he said. "On the one side I am very grateful that what I made can be acknowledged in a world like this… but it sucks that whenever we, and I mean guys that look like me, do anything that's genre-bending or anything, they always put it in a rap or urban category."
He then told reporters, "And I don't like that 'urban' word. It's just a politically correct way to say the n-word, to me. So when I hear that, I'm just like, why can't we just be in pop? So I felt like — half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment."