The Weeknd Blasts 'Corrupt' Grammy Awards After 2021 Nominations Snub

Written by on November 25, 2020

The Weeknd took a swipe on the 2021 Grammy nominations this week after changing into one of many 12 months’s most obvious snubs.

The Canadian singer-songwriter, whose actual identify is Abel Tesfaye, scored a important and industrial smash along with his newest album, “After Hours,” launched in March. The report options “Blinding Lights,” a 1980s synth-pop homage that turned his fifth No. 1 single. 

However when the nominations for the Grammy Awards had been unveiled on Tuesday, The Weeknd was nowhere to be discovered. 

Responding to the information on social media, he argued that the Grammys “stay corrupt,” including, “You owe me, my followers and the business transparency.” 

The nominations slight got here lower than two weeks after The Weeknd was introduced because the halftime performer for Tremendous Bowl LV, set to happen Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida. 

On Tuesday, TMZ reported that at one level earlier than the nominations, the Recording Academy had advised The Weeknd that he might carry out at its 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony on Jan. 31 or the Tremendous Bowl present, however not each. (TMZ mentioned the 2 sides later reached an settlement permitting him to do each.)

Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s chair and interim president and CEO, disregarded the claims of an ultimatum. 

“To be clear, voting in all classes ended effectively earlier than The Weeknd’s efficiency on the Tremendous Bowl was introduced,” Mason advised Billboard in a Wednesday assertion. “So under no circumstances might it have affected the nomination course of.”

As to The Weeknd’s absence from the 2021 nominations listing, Mason added, “I used to be shocked and may empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this 12 months was wonderful.” 

The Weeknd has obtained 10 Grammy nominations over the course of his profession, successful 3 times. His most up-to-date win was in 2017 when he picked up the award for finest city up to date album for “Starboy.” 

The 2021 Grammy nominations had been dominated by Beyoncé, who obtained 9 nods. The pop famous person was adopted by Taylor Swift, Roddy Ricch and Dua Lipa, who scored six nominations every. 

However The Weeknd wasn’t the one one criticizing the Grammys course of. Nicki Minaj recalled after they snubbed her by giving the 2012 award for finest new artist to Bon Iver. And Justin Bieber, who obtained 4 Grammy nods this time, had points along with his album “Adjustments” being labeled as pop somewhat than R&B. 

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