The Weeknd saw the recent nominations for the Grammys – and he’s not happy about them.
The nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday, and despite having one of the most successful albums of 2020, the Weeknd wasn’t nominated this year.
Just a few hours after the nominations were released, the Weeknd took to Twitter to share his frustrations with the “corrupt” Academy with his 13.5 million followers.
“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency,” he said in his tweet.
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The decision of the Academy to not nominate the Weeknd’s hit album After Hours or his popular single “Blinding Lights” touched the nerve of those in the music industry and fans of the Weeknd alike.
Everyone was left wondering how it could be that such a popular artist could be overlooked while relatively obscure performers were showered with nominations.
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Industry peers such as Nicki Minaj also showed up on Twitter to support the Weeknd.
Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday
— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) November 24, 2020
The Weeknd has won three Grammys in the past, but this year, he will only be performing at the award show.
This month it was also announced by the NFL that the Weeknd would headline the coveted halftime show at Super Bowl LV, which will take place on February 7.