UPDATE: The Weeknd continues taking shots at the Recording Academy with a new social media post on Wednesday. This time the singer, whose hit numbers including “Blinding Lights” have scored the past year, accused the Grammys ruling board for supposedly not inviting him to the 2021 awards ceremony.
“Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!,” the singer wrote in an Instagram post.
While The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) had overtly suggested he had been snubbed for the upcoming awards show, he wasn’t the only Grammy-winning musician to come to the conclusion. On Wednesday, Elton John, who has five Grammy wins under his belt, voiced support for The Weeknd.
“In my humble opinion… Blinding Lights Song of the Year, Record of the Year,” John wrote, following his caption with the hashtag #GrammySnub.
See the social media posts below.
While a number of musicians across the industry celebrated their Grammy nominations as the list dropped Tuesday, The Weeknd called out the Recording Academy for his lack of noms.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” the Blinding Lights singer said on Twitter. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
The singer and Uncut Gems actor received no nominations on Tuesday, despite his synth pop earworm breaking the record for the most week spent atop Billboard’s top 10 chart. The snub also come after The Weeknd took home multiple awards at the American Music Awards on Sunday, with a total of three honors including favorite R&B album. The singer also won multiple trophies as the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards back in September.
In the past The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, eight Billboard Music and has even been nominated for an Academy Award. In 2016, he received a nomination for his number ‘Earned It,’ which was featured in the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack.
Musicians raking in the most nominations from the Recording Academy’s Tuesday announcement were Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Beyoncé, who was nominated for nine categories. Additional artists breaking into the Grammy nominations list were “Savage” singer Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Post Malone and Billie Eilish.
See the complete list of Grammy nominees here.
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
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