The Weeknd Lashes Out at Grammys after Not Receiving a Single Nomination for 2021 Awards Show
Grammy Award nomination season is here once more, and artists are checking frantically to see how they have performed. However, The Weekend does not appear to be pleased about getting snubbed at next year's event.
Yesterday, the Recording Academy announced nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards. When it was all said and done, The Weekend, who had a pretty fantastic year, received no nominations.
The Canadian singer did not take lightly to this snub. He went on social media to let his feelings known, slamming the award as corrupt.
It is quite understandable for The Weekend to be outraged. His last album, "After Hours," got significant praises from fans and critics alike.
The artist has also been a darling of award shows all year long. It is not too far-fetched to say that if anyone should expect a Grammy nod, it should be him. Letting his feelings out, he said:
"The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency."
As the post showed, the artist appeared most outraged by the Grammys' lack of clarity in their nomination criteria. While The Weekend has gotten several Grammy awards, he has not exactly featured at the event in a while. This, for him, is pretty saddening.
Two songs on "After Hours" made it to the Billboard top 10 and stayed there for weeks.
To be fair, nominations and award recipients at the Grammys have always drawn controversy. Several great artists remain without Grammy wins to this day.
However, this year's nomination process appeared to have gotten under the skin of many. Asides from The Weekend, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj also shared their feelings about the nomination process.
Bieber is up for four awards, including "Best Pop Vocal Album" for his recent project, "Changes." However, in a social media message, he expressed issues with his album being classified as pop and not R&B.
For her part, Minaj brought up an old gripe with the Grammys. As she tweeted, the Recording Academy robbed her of her "Best New Artist" trophy in 2012, despite her success that year. Instead, they gave it to the folk group Bon Iver.
It is worth noting that The Weekend still seems to have a more profound case than the other two. This year, two songs on "After Hours" made it to the Billboard top 10 and stayed there for weeks. Six songs in total made it to the Billboard 200 list.
The Weekend even got recognition at the American Music Awards, which held earlier this week. He was up for eight awards in total, and he took home three trophies.
While most people focused on the artist's appearance at the award ceremony, it was evident that he was one of its biggest winners.