Now that his new album Free is out, Cody Simpson hopped on Twitter to send a little extra love to his fans for supporting his career as a budding indie artist.
He also retweeted some thoughts from Cisco Adler, the producer behind Free, who said the Grammys "wouldn't have the balls" to give the Best Rock Album award to an indie artist like Simpson. But, is that true?
Don't give up hope yet, Cody and Cisco! They actually just might.
For the last few years, the Grammys have really shown independent artists the love. Big-winner artists like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Macklemore LLC) and Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings) are still on their own independent labels too!
According to the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), indie artists and smaller, independent labels have earned more than half of the nominations at each ceremony for the last five years.
Indie folks have also been really well-represented in major categories, scoring nominations like Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rock Performance -- and totally dominating in 15 other categories too, with small labels receiving 100% of the nominations for awards like Best Bluegrass Album, Best Blues Album, Best Folk Album and more, according A2IM.
So, even if Free is "an independent album made by hippies," that doesn't necessarily mean they don't have a shot at some Academy cred. In fact, it seems like they're kinda into that.
So... maybe start clearing some room on your mantel, Cody?