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Many will argue that The Recording Academy neglects to rightfully recognize hip-hop when it comes to the Grammys, especially compared to other genres of music. As this has been the case for some time now, artists and fans alike have begun to question the importance of Grammy recognition — cough cough, Drake.

Nonetheless, most musicians still long for the coveted award. This can of course lead to jealousy and slander towards winners. One of hip-hop’s brightest stars, however, is all about inclusion and uplifting his peers.

Following last night’s Grammy Awards, J. Cole took to Twitter to show love to some of his hip-hop contemporaries, specifically praising Cardi B, Jay Rock and Anderson .Paak for their Grammy wins.

“I don’t never wanna be propped up by tearing somebody else down,” he said. “Seeing Cardi b win a Grammy make me feel like I won. Same with jay rock and Anderson.”

Cole’s 2018 album, KOD, was not nominated for any Grammys, however, but it seems he’s not dwelling on his misfortune. Instead, the Carolina rapper suggests that he’s learned where true validation comes from.

“I went through a lot of heart break the first half of my career, maybe even longer, cuz deep down I needed that validation that I thought the awards could bring,” he began, before sharing a quote that represents how he now feels.

In closing, J. Cole went on to shout out Young Thug, Future, Ella Mai and 6LACK, following it up by stating, “No award show could ever get it all the way right. Especially one that ain’t run by us.”

Congrats to all of this year’s Grammy winners, and props to J. Cole for speaking from a place of love.

Not NYC, not LA.