Did The Weeknd lose his Grammy nomination because of Super Bowl performance? Singer brands award show 'corrupt'

Did The Weeknd lose his Grammy nomination because of Super Bowl performance? Singer brands award show 'corrupt'
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The Weeknd received zero nominations in the upcoming Grammys 2021 despite having one of the biggest chart hits of the year. Hours after the nominations were announced, the artiste broke his silence and slammed the Grammys for being corrupt and demanded transparency. He tweeted, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency…”


The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ was one of the biggest chart-toppers of the year with a debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. The winner of three Grammys, the Canadian singer became the first artiste to lead the Billboard 200, Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Artist 100, Hot 100 Songwriters and Hot 100 Producers charts simultaneously in the album’s first charting week.

With the highest nominations for AMAs, The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye was leading at every Grammy prediction nominations chart. The complete omission of the ‘Blinding Nights’ crooner from the Grammys is drawing major flak over social media as people are taking to the internet to slam the Recording Academy.

According to a TMZ report, the singer’s complete omission from the Grammy nomination can be a direct result of his choice to perform at the Super Bowl. Sources say that The Weeknd’s team was in talks with the Grammys where they finally faced an ultimatum of choosing either Grammys or the Super Bowl LV. Ultimately, the singer got in an agreement to do both but a source alleged this might as well be the reason for Grammys snubbing the Billboard Hot 100 singer.

Rapper Kid Cudi said, “Abel was robbed man this sh*ts weak”, while journalist Ernest Owens shared, "Coldplay receiving an Album of the Year nomination for an album most people forgot about after its release, while The Weeknd got snubbed in all categories pretty much sums up how out-of-touch the music industry is in 2020. #GRAMMYs."




Another user said, "Im not a stan but how did yummy get nominated while bts and the weeknd get robbed, they’ve had huge impacts in the music industry in 2020. what the f**k."

Echoing that statement, another tweet read, "Abel made the best album in 2020, put out the #1 song in the world, still running 40 weeks now? a song that came out a year ago in 5 days is still on the charts.. an artist, an album with the most streams, music videos, great visuals.. didn’t make grammy nominations." Another tweet said, "When someone as unproblematic as Abel, speaks out, you know it's bad."

A fan said, “The way the grammy committee didn't expect abel to respond but he did because he's not afraid to be blackballed by them”, while a user outraged, "I’m also not understanding how tf YUMMY by Justin Bieber got nominated for best solo performance over blinding lights by The Weeknd ??? Abel sounds exactly like himself when he sings AND he puts on an entire show with costume and everything !!!"










The call for transparency was loud and clear as The Weeknd’s manager also tweeted about it stating, "we need transparency." A user quoted his tweet stating, “The Weeknd’s manager about Grammys nominations: ‘Enough hiding behind your desks. We won’t tolerate or stay quiet. The time for change is now.  We need transparency!!!!!!!’


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