LOS ANGELES – The Weeknd angrily slammed the Grammy Awards, calling them “corrupt” after the pop star walked away with zero nominations regardless of having a number of hits this yr.
The three-time Grammy winner criticized the Recording Academy on Tuesday after he was severely snubbed regardless of having one of many yr’s largest albums with “After Hours” and being tapped because the Tremendous Bowl halftime headline performer. He additionally topped the Billboard Sizzling 100 chart with “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless.”
“The Grammys stay corrupt,” the singer mentioned on Twitter. “You owe me, my followers and the trade transparency.”
The tough phrases come lower than a yr after the Recording Academy’s ousted CEO accused the group that determines nominations within the high classes of getting conflicts of curiosity and never participating in a clear choice course of.
Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s interim president and CEO, spoke earlier about whether or not he was shocked the Weeknd didn’t earn a single nomination. He mentioned it’s onerous to foretell the voters’ choices.
“You realize, there’s so many nominations and there’s solely so many slots, it’s actually robust to foretell what the voters are going to vote for in any given yr,” he informed The Related Press. “I attempt to not be too shocked.”
After the Weeknd referred to as out the academy, Mason Jr. launched an announcement explaining some that “sadly, yearly, there are fewer nominations than the variety of deserving artists.”
“We perceive that The Weeknd is disillusioned at not being nominated. I used to be shocked and may empathize with what he’s feeling,” Mason Jr. mentioned.
The Weeknd was shut out from being a Grammy nominee together with Luke Combs, who set information on streaming companies and dominated the nation charts. Morgan Wallen additionally had a profitable yr in nation music, however he got here away empty.
A gaggle of younger R&B feminine acts shifting the needle additionally missed out on nominations, together with Summer time Walker, Teyana Taylor and Kehlani. Late rapper Juice WRLD, Brandy and Chris Brown have been additionally snubbed.
Justin Bieber earned 4 nominations, however the singer additionally criticized the Grammys decision-making as properly. He mentioned music from his fifth studio album “Modifications” was wrongly seen as a pop album, quite than an R&B challenge.
Bieber gave thanks saying he was “flattered” for being acknowledged however thought being ignored of the R&B class was a mistake.
“I got down to make an R&B album,” he wrote on Instagram. “’Modifications’ was and is an R&B album. It isn’t being acknowledged as an R&B album, which could be very unusual to me.”
Bieber was nominated within the classes for greatest pop solo efficiency, greatest pop duo/group efficiency, greatest pop vocal album and greatest nation duo/group efficiency.
The singer mentioned he loves pop music, however he desires to be revered for his work.
“I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a challenge that may embody that sound,” he mentioned. “For this to not be put into that class feels bizarre, contemplating from the chords to the melodies to the vocal fashion, all the best way all the way down to the hip-hop drums that have been chosen, it’s undeniably, unmistakably an R&B album!”
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