The Weeknd calls the Grammys “corrupt” following the release of this year’s Grammy nominations.
On Tuesday, the Recording Academy dropped its list of noms, and soon after, The Weekend shared his two cents on not being included on that list for his latest album, “After Hours.”
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he tweeted. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
In a statement, Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s chair and interim president/chief executive officer, told Billboard that he understands how the singer feels about not being nominated. “We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated,” it reads. “I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent…,” he continued.
“We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before …To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process.”
The statement also reportedly detailed how The Weeknd and his team have been going over possible performance deals with the Grammys and the Super Bowl. But the singer isn’t the only one to share their disappointment with the Academy. Several other artists like Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, 50 cent, and others have also put in their two cents about the Grammy’s missing the mark.