The Weeknd went wild at the Grammys on Tuesday after receiving no nominations despite a record year for the R&B singer.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he tweeted. “You owe me, my fans and the transparency of the industry …”
The Recording Academy, which presents the awards, did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.
The lack of nominations for The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, was seen by many as the biggest snub of the nominations, which were announced on Tuesday.
His album After hours made history with the biggest streaming week for an R&B album. The single “Blinding Lights”, which sparked a massively popular group dance challenge on TikTok, was one of the best hits of the year, breaking the record for the longest-running Top Five single in the Hot 100 list. from Billboard.
The Chicks, who released their first album in over a decade, were also excluded from nominations without a single nod for Gaslighter, an album which, according to the Los Angeles Times, was “the most intense personal effort to date.” Other snubs, Vulture noted, included posthumous versions of Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD, and Mac Miller. Pop Smoke only got one nod in the Best Rap Performance category for “Dior,” but could have been the first performer posthumously nominated for Best New Artist, a category that included not-so-so performers. new ones like Phoebe Bridgers.
The Weeknd, who is also slated to headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February, wasn’t alone in criticizing the music academy on Tuesday. After the nominations were announced, Nicki Minaj called the Grammys for snubbing her years ago.
“Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my Best New Artist award even though I had 7 songs on the billboard at one time and a first week bigger than any female rapper in the course. of the past decade – continued to inspire a generation, “Minaj tweeted. “They gave it to the white man Bon Iver.”