The Weeknd has continued to lash out at the Grammys after he was shockingly snubbed from the 2021 nominations list.
The Blinding Lights hitmaker – real name Abel Tesfaye – originally shared his frustration after the nominations were announced yesterday before posting a new message hinting his omission was suspicious.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, he wrote: ‘Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!’
His statement came just hours after Grammys chief Harvey Mason Jr. issued a statement to refute claims the singer had been punished for choosing to perform at next year’s Super Bowl.
The statement read: ‘We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. 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.’
It continued: ‘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.
‘But as the only peer-voted music award, we will continue to recognize and celebrate excellence in music while shining a light on the many amazing artists that make up our global community.’
The Grammys boss then made it clear speculation about The Weeknd’s Super Bowl performance was inaccurate as the statement concluded: ‘To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process.’
Music fans were stunned yesterday when The Weeknd failed to nab a single nomination, despite widely being expected to pick up multiple nods.
The Weeknd was expected to pick up nominations for his song Blinding Lights, which despite being released in November 2019, was one of the biggest songs of 2020.
The Weeknd has previously won three Grammys for best urban contemporary album in 2016 for Beauty Behind The Madness, best R&B song for Earned It the same year, and best urban contemporary album for Starboy in 2018, as well as being nominated for album of the year twice and for record of the year in 2016 for Can’t Feel My Face.
The Grammys take place on January 31, 2021.Credit: Original article published here.