The Grammy Nominations 2021 came out yesterday and while it was a happy moment for many, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd’s snubs have created a furore.
The Weeknd got zero nominations for the 63rd Grammy Awards. The fact is hard to digest, given the record-breaking year he has had. The Weeknd is performing at the Super Bowl halftime show which is no small thing and speaks of his popularity. His album After Hours was a chart-topper and recorded the biggest week for an R&B album. Its tracks including Blinding Lights became massive hits.
Speaking of Blinding Lights, the song was among the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 40 weeks straight, the longest in the chart’s 60+ years history. The single even started a popular TikTok challenge and still finds a place on almost everyone’s playlist.
But despite giving some amazing music, The Weeknd got no recognition at the Grammy Nominations 2021. Obviously, the singer is not too pleased and called out the Grammys after this major nomination snub.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he tweeted. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
Why is The Weeknd absent from Grammy nominations 2021?
Reports are rife that The Weeknd lost out on Grammy noms because he chose to perform at the Super Bowl.
He was reportedly given an ultimatum – to choose between performing at the Grammys ceremony or at the Super Bowl, and churning out a deal to do both could’ve cost him Grammy nominations.
Harvey Mason, Jr., chief of the academy which presents the awards, shunned these rumours. “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,” he told BuzzFeed News.
Meanwhile, Justin Bieber isn’t too happy with his nomination either
Justin Bieber scored three Grammy nominations for his album Changes – Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album. But the thing is, Bieber intended for Changes to be an R&B album, and so the very categories in which he’s been nominated are troubling him.
“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,” the Yummy singer wrote on Instagram.
“It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me. I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound.”
“For this not to be put into that category feels weird considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style all the way down to the hip hop drums that were chosen it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B album!”
“To be clear, I absolutely love Pop music [but] it just wasn’t what I set out to make this time around. My gratitude for feeling respected for my work remains and I am honored to be nominated either way,” he concluded.