R&B star The Weeknd sharply criticized the Grammy Awards on Tuesday after the Recording Academy, the organization behind the ceremony, snubbed his latest album, the “After Hours” chart.
“Grammys remain corrupt”, the Grammy winner tweeted three times just before 7.30pm on Tuesday, hours after the nominations for the 2021 ceremony were announced. “You owe me, my fans and the transparency of the industry …”
“After Hours” – anchored by the singles “Heartless”, “Blinding Lights”, “In Your Eyes” and “Save Your Tears” – was one of the biggest albums of the year. The synth-driven “Blinding Lights” and hypnotic “Heartless” each led the Billboard Hot 100 list.
The Weeknd, 30, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, was chosen earlier this month to headline the Super Bowl break in Tampa, Florida, in February – a booking cheering on the Canadian pop star’s legions of fans on social media.
Harvey Mason Jr., the recording academy’s interim president and CEO, addressed the high-profile guy in a statement.
“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed not to be nominated,” Mason said in part. “I was amazed and empathized with how he feels. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and the wider world are worthy of everyone’s admiration.”
“Unfortunately, there are fewer nominations each year than the number of deserving artists,” Mason added.
The Weeknd was not the only artist to compete against the Grammys on Tuesday.
In a tweet, Nicki Minaj, 37, beat Recording Academy to present the 2012 best new artist award to the folk group Bon Iver, in front of Justin Vernon, instead of her.
“Never forget that Grammys did not give me my best new artist award when I had seven songs on the map at the same time and bigger the first week than any female rapper in the last decade – continued to inspire a generation,” she tweeted. “They gave it to the white man Bon Iver.”
The tweet had received more than 380,000 likes as of Wednesday morning.
Justin Bieber, who received four nominations, also criticized the recording academy’s decision-making. He said “Changes”, his fifth studio album, was incorrectly seen as a pop album instead of an R&B record.
He expressed appreciation for his nods and said he was “flattered” because he was recognized, but went on to say that the alleged miscategorization of “Changes” was a mistake.
“I decided to create an R&B album,” Bieber wrote on Instagram. “” Changes “was and is an R&B album. It is not recognized as an R&B album, which is very strange to me.”
Bieber, 26, was nominated for best pop solo performance, best pop duo / group performance, best pop song album and best country duo / group performance.
The criticism comes almost a year after Deborah Dugan, the former CEO of the Recording Academy, publicly claimed that the nomination process for the music industry’s ceremony was “rigged” and clouded by conflicts of interest.
In an interview with NBC News, Dugan painted the Recording Academy as an institution full of corruption where powerful industry figures exercise unnecessary influence over who is recognized for the music’s highest awards.
In a statement at the time, the academy said Dugan’s allegations about its voting procedures were “completely untrue.”
“The academy has rigorous and well-published protocols in place to ensure that the vote is completely fair – and free from conflicts of interest. That Dugan proposes anything to the contrary is simply not true,” the statement said, directing readers to an explanation of the voting process. website.