The Weeknd is speaking out after failing to score any nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards.
The “Blinding Lights” singer, who was recently announced as the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime performer, took to Instagram to react to the Grammy snub.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he wrote. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”
It’s suspected that due to a conflict of The Weeknd not being able to perform at the show, he may have been overlooked for awards.
The Weeknd isn’t the only star to speak out against the Grammy nominations today. Teyana Taylor reacted specifically to the Best R&B Album category, which only saw male nominees this year.
“Y’all was better off just saying best MALE R&B ALBUM cause all I see is d**k in this category,” she tweeted.
Y’all was better off just saying best MALE R&B ALBUM cause all I see is dick in this category. https://t.co/LlL769FbTR
— TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) November 24, 2020
Teyana also clarified that her criticism was directed at the Recording Academy, not at the men who were nominated. She responded to a news article claiming she was blasting the nominees, adding, “I’m not blasting the male nominees. So change the misleading caption. I’m blasting the @RecordingAcad for failing ALL the women that has been putting in work. Women are clearly being overlooked here. WOMEN PLAYS A BIG PART IN CARRYING R&B.”
Justin Bieber also commented on the R&B category, but for a very different reason. The “Yummy” singer, who scored four nominations, felt he should have been recognized for R&B instead of pop.
“I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry. I am very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being said, I set out to make an R&B album. ‘Changes’ was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album, which is very strange to me,” he wrote on Instagram.
Nicki Minaj didn’t mince words when she tweeted about the nominations. “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,” she wrote. “They gave it to the white man Bon Iver.”
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
Beyonce leads the pack with nine nominations this year, while Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich each scored six. Trevor Noah was announced as host of music’s biggest night, which will air live on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.
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