Canadian performer The Weeknd has accused Grammy organizers of corruption after it won no nominations.
The 2021 Grammy nominations were announced on Tuesday, and The Weeknd was not mentioned in any of the categories, which came as a surprise to the artist and his fans.
It was expected to be nominated for at least Album of the Year and Record of the Year after releasing the acclaimed fourth album After Hours and record-breaking single Blinding Lights in March.
Fans were shocked by the Grammy organizers’ decision and The Weeknd used Twitter to express their disappointment. “The Grammy is still corrupt,” he wrote. “You owe me, my fans, and the transparency of the industry …”
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Previously, Weeknd was nominated for a Grammy 10 times and received three awards. In 2016, he was nominated in the Album of the Year category for Beauty Behind The Madness.
According to Variety, The Weeknd and the Recording Academy ” had a falling out” over his performance at the Grammy and Super Bowl 2021, which is only one week between them. “In the end, it was decided that he would speak at both events,” the newspaper writes.
Recording Academy chairman Harvey Mason Jr., however, denies that the singer’s performance at the upcoming Super Bowl played a major role in the nomination process.
“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed that it was not nominated. I was surprised and can sympathize with how he feels. His music has been excellent this year and his contributions to the music community and the world at large are universally admirable, ”Mason told Insider.
“Unfortunately, every year there are fewer nominations than the number of worthy artists. But as the only music award voted on by peers, we will continue to recognize and celebrate excellence in music while shedding light on many great artists, ”he added.
In addition, Mason noted: “To be clear, voting in all categories ended long before The Weeknd’s Super Bowl performance was announced, so this could not affect the nomination process in any way.”