The Weeknd slams the Grammys, calls them ‘corrupt’ after lack of nominations
The Weeknd is looking out the Grammys after receiving zero nominations.
On Tuesday, the artist, whose actual title is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, tweeted: “The Grammys stay corrupt.”
He added that the Recording Academy “owes” him, his followers in addition to the music trade “transparency.”
In keeping with Vulture, The Weeknd’s album, “After Hours,” which was launched in March, spent 4 weeks on the Billboard 200 and has been licensed platinum 4 instances. As well as, his “Blinding Lights” single off of the 2019 file of the identical title sat at No. 1 in March and broke the file for many weeks in Billboard Scorching 100’s high 5, the outlet reported.
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On Sunday, The Weeknd additionally took dwelling three American Music Award trophies.
Along with The Weeknd, different artists together with Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber additionally aired their frustrations with the Recording Academy.
Minaj, 37, mentioned of shedding the most effective new artist award in 2012, “Always remember the Grammys didn’t give me my finest new artist award after I had 7 songs concurrently charting on billboard & larger first week than any feminine rapper within the final decade- went on to encourage a technology. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday,” she tweeted.
In the meantime, Bieber, who was nominated for a number of awards together with the most effective pop vocal album for his file, “Adjustments,” famous that he isn’t “ungrateful” for the nod, reasonably he is simply sharing his ideas. The 26-year-old artist defined that his album was meant and is an R&B file.
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“Please don’t mistake this as me being ungrateful, these are simply my ideas take em or go away em,” he captioned his be aware on Instagram earlier than thanking these “who fought” for him to “even have any noms.”
In his be aware, Bieber mentioned: “To the Grammys I’m flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry. I’m very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being mentioned I got down to make an R&B album. Adjustments was and is an R&B album.
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“It’s not being acknowledged as an R&B album which may be very unusual to me,” Bieber admitted. “I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a challenge that might embody that sound. For this to not be put into that class feels bizarre contemplating from the chords to the melodies to the vocal type all the best way right down to the hip hop drums that had been chosen it’s undeniably, unmistakably an R&B album!”
Bieber ended his be aware by sharing that he does “completely” love pop music, nonetheless, “it simply wasn’t what I got down to make this time round. My gratitude for feeling revered for my work stays and I’m honored to be nominated both manner.”
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As for The Weeknd’s lack of nominations, Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., instructed Fox Information in a press release on Tuesday: “Congratulations to at the moment’s GRAMMY’s nominees who’ve earned their friends’ recognition for his or her unimaginable work. There have been a file variety of submissions on this uncommon and aggressive 12 months.
Mason Jr. continued: “We perceive that The Weeknd is disillusioned at not being nominated. I used to be stunned and might empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this 12 months was wonderful, and his contributions to the music neighborhood and broader world are worthy of everybody’s admiration.
“We had been thrilled once we came upon he could be performing on the upcoming Tremendous Bowl and we’d have beloved to have him additionally carry out on the GRAMMY stage the weekend earlier than,” added Mason Jr. “Sadly, yearly, there are fewer nominations than the variety of deserving artists. However as the one peer-voted music award, we’ll proceed to acknowledge and have fun excellence in music whereas shining a light-weight on the various superb artists that make up our international neighborhood.”
Mason Jr. then addressed studies alleging that performing on the Tremendous Bowl doubtlessly price The Weeknd Grammy nominations.
“To be clear, voting in all classes ended nicely earlier than The Weeknd’s efficiency on the Tremendous Bowl was introduced, so on no account may it have affected the nomination course of,” he mentioned. “All GRAMMY nominees are acknowledged by the voting physique for his or her excellence, and we congratulate all of them.”
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Selection studies that different “extensively predicted” artists who did not obtain nominations embody a handful of individuals akin to, Alicia Keys, who has beforehand hosted the Grammys, The Chicks, Selena Gomez amongst others.