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Dreamville’s first lady Ari Lennox took to Twitter early Monday morning (Nov. 18) to reflect on her debut album, Shea Butter Baby, following a loss during the 2019 Soul Train Awards.

Lennox was nominated for Best Collaboration for her single “Shea Butter Baby” featuring J. Cole, Best R&B/Soul Artist, and Best Album/Mixtape of the year for Shea Butter Baby. 

H.E.R.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 17: H.E.R. poses with the award for “Best R&B/Soul Female Artist” backstage at the 2019 Soul Train Awards presented by BET at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

However, Chris Brown and Drake won for Best Collaboration, H.E.R. took home the award for Best R&B/Soul Artist, and Lizzo (Cuz I Love You) won for Best Album/Mixtape of the year.

Lennox said that “Shea Butter Baby will always be special.” “I made a soul album for black people. I made my album for black people lol,” Lennox continued.

“I just don’t understand. At all actually. But cool,” Lennox tweeted.

“I want this s— way more than it wants me. I’m learning I have to stop caring,” Lennox continued.

After Lennox admitted, “Yea, I’m hurt. I’m not built for these things,” she quoted Alfre Woodard from her Gina Prince-Bythewood-directed 2000 cult classic film Love & Basketball that starred Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps.

Ari Lennox and Summer Walker

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 17: Ari Lennox and Summer Walker attends the 2019 Soul Train Awards presented by BET at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It’s just a game, Monica. It’s just a game,” Lennox tweeted. On a brighter note, Lennox also shouted out her friend fellow singer Summer Walker who took home the award for Best New Artist.

“Do y’all know Summer Walker styled me. She blessed me y’all” Lennox tweeted.

Although Lennox was disheartened from not winning a 2019 Soul Train Award, many of her fans sent her encouraging messages on Twitter. Check out some of them below.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.