Canadian singer The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, took to social media to slam The Recording Academy following receiving no nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards even though his latest release, ‘After Hours‘ has dominated the music industry this year.
The Weeknd, who was nominated in eight categories at the 2020 American Music Awards and received three AMAs for Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B, Favorite Album – Soul/R&B, and Favorite Song – Soul/R&B, wrote on Twitter shortly after the Grammy nominations had been revealed officially:
“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
A good number of Twitter users supported him and they also expressed their disappointment regarding Tesfaye’s absence from Gramm Awards. As known, Tisfaye’s latest LP ‘After Hours’ debuted no.1 on Billboard Hot 100 and broke a record for the Biggest Week For Any Album.
What’s more, the second single of the said album, ‘Blinding Lights‘ went viral on social media, it scored the most weeks in TikTok’s music chart. For all these achievements, the singer was invited to be the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show performer.
After Tesfaye’s tweet which invites The Recording Academy to be more transparent concerning the nominations, Academy chief Harvey Mason, jr. responded to the singer. Mason first confirmed that Tesfaye was set to perform at the Grammys Awards on January 31, and stated that this year is a kind of competitive and unusual. Then continued:
“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration.”
Then the chief added every year there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists and said that voting in all categories had come to an end before The Weeknd’s Super Bowl performance was announced. He concluded his words as follows:
“All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence and we congratulate them all.”
See below to view the mentioned tweet.
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020