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.”
Following The Weeknd’s tweet, The Recording Academy interim president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. released a statement congratulating the nominees but also acknowledging that this year saw a record number of submissions.
“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated,” Harvey said in the statement. “I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration. We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl, and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before. Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists.”
Harvey had 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.