THE Weeknd has taken aim at the Grammys and said they “remain corrupt” after the singer wasn’t given a single nomination.
The 30-year-old, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, said that the board that decide who is up for Grammy “owe him”, in a tweet in response to the nominations being released.
The Weeknd has had a good year with his album After Hours receiving great critical success and hit single Blinding Lights being the biggest selling single of the year so far.
It wasn’t enough for him to get a nod from the Grammys and he took to Twitter to share his frustration and hit out at the organisation.
He tweeted: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
TMZ has reported that the singer was looking to negotiate a way that he could perform at both the Grammys and next year’s Super Bowl half-time show.
While a deal was eventually reached so that he could perform at both events, it is believed that the the fractured negotiations were enough for him to be overlooked for the Grammys.
An insider told TMZ: “There’s growing suspicion Abel’s decision to perform at this year’s Super Bowl cost him Grammy noms because the bitter back-and-forth talks p***ed off Grammy honchos.”
The Weeknd shocked fans on Sunday when her performed at the American Music Awards with his face covered in bruises and bandages.
He also had a bloodied face when he took to the stage for the 2020 MTV VMAs. He also had a similar disposition for the video that accompanied Blinding Lights.
The Weeknd was not the only artist that had beef with the Grammys, as Justin Bieber also spoke out on social media after being nominated in the Pop Album category.
The singer believes he should be in the R&B section and made his feelings known in an Instagram post, in which he wrote: “I set out to make an R&B album.
“Changes was, and is, a R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me.”
He added: “Please don’t mistake this as me being ungrateful, these are just my thoughts take em or leave em.
“Thank you to the people who fought for me to even have any noms.”
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