The Weeknd has a word or two about getting snubbed by the Grammys.
The biggest shocker of the 2021 Grammy nominations that were announced on Tuesday, Nov. 24, was the complete absence of The Weeknd and his massive album, After Hours. Clearly, the artist himself was not pleased.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” the 30-year-old performer tweeted later that day. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
He certainly wasn’t the only artist to question the nomination process. Teyana Taylor posted the all-male list of the five nominees for this year’s Best R&B Album and tweeted, “Y’all was better off just saying best MALE R&B ALBUM cause all I see is d–k in this category.”
Harvey Mason Jr., interim president and CEO of The Recording Academy, told Variety shortly after nominations were announced that he doesn’t believe that the lack of nominations for The Weeknd implies a flawed voting process. He explained that decisions on the nominees for the four top “core” awards—Best Album, Song, Record and New Artist—come down to the tastes of a voting body of around 20 people.