The Weeknd lashes out on the Grammys after nomination snub
The Weeknd felt the snub coming.
The 30-year-old singer lashed out on the Recording Academy Tuesday evening after being snubbed within the Grammy nominations earlier within the day.
“The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the trade transparency…” he tweeted.
Followers had been fast to leap to his protection in Twitter replies, praising the Canadian artist — whose actual title is Abel Tesfaye — for being open.
Regardless of his album “After Hours” having two primary hits — “Heartless” adopted by “Blinding Lights” — The Weeknd, who’s a three-time Grammy winner, was not nominated in any class, not to mention the “Massive 4” (Greatest Album, Track, Document and New Artist).
Following the dwell stream announcement of nominees, the Recording Academy’s interim chief Harvey Mason Jr. instantly addressed The Weeknd’s omission, pointing to members of the Academy for making the choice. When requested by Selection why his album obtained “utterly shut out” regardless of vital and business success, Mason Jr. mentioned: “Y’know, it actually simply comes all the way down to the voting physique that decides. We have now eight nomination slots to fill in, 5 in others, and the voters vote for his or her favorites. It’s actually fascinating, although.”
When pressed additional about whether or not it was as a result of members had been unable to determine whether or not the singer’s style was pop or R&B, Mason Jr. mentioned the committee will revise the method for the longer term, however not due to this specific snub.
“We have a look at it yearly and make tweaks and revisions to the method; we did it this yr, final yr, we’ll do it subsequent yr. And I don’t suppose this calls it into query, truthfully,” he mentioned referencing The Weeknd’s omission. “The method is there so we are able to proceed to observe excellence.”
He later defined that there have been “23,000 entries — that’s the most entries we’ve ever had” for consideration this yr, and touted the “variety and all of the completely different genres, particularly within the “Massive 4” classes.”
Nevertheless, The Weeknd, who was lately named the 2021 Tremendous Bowl halftime performer, reportedly had to decide on between performing on the Grammys or soccer’s huge evening, in response to TMZ, and the negotiations may have value him nominations.
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