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Drake Calls Out Grammys for Snubbing The Weeknd, Says the Awards Show Has Lost It's Relevance

Drake is speaking out after The Weeknd was snubbed at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

The 34-year-old “Hotline Bling” performer took to his Instagram Story on Wednesday (November 25) to share a statement in support of the 30-year-old “Blinding Lights” singer, while also saying the Grammys have lost their relevance.

“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come before,” Drake wrote. “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up by they just can’t change their ways.”

Despite critical and commercial success, The Weeknd‘s latest album After Hours didn’t receive a single Grammy nomination. He later called the Grammys “corrupt.”

“The other day I said the I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way,” Drake continued. “This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.”

Drake
was nominated for three awards at the upcoming show, including Best Rap Song for “Laugh Now Cry Later.”

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Scooter Braun Weighs In on The Weeknd's Grammys Snub Controversy

Scooter Braun is now adding his thoughts to the ongoing drama surrounding The Weeknd‘s snub by the 2021 Grammys.

The 39-year-old executive and manager spoke out on Twitter following the news of the nominations on Tuesday (November 24).

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“i’m sorry after hours/blinding lights might just be the biggest grammy snub of the century. my GOD,” a fan wrote, to which he quote-tweeted the tweet and responded with thoughts of his own.

“I agree. Congrats to all the nominees but @theweeknd and Sal [manager] you deserved to be there as well and deserved better. Brilliant artist and brilliant album,” Scooter said.

The Weeknd has not been silent about the nomination snub, and seems to be suggesting there’s more to the story of his exclusion from the nominees list. Here’s the latest thing he said…

The Weeknd Calls Out The Grammys Again, Claims They Were Planning Performance for Weeks

The Weeknd is continuing to call out the 2021 Grammys.

The “Blinding Lights” musician called out the Recording Academy in a scathing Instagram post, after his critically acclaimed album, After Hours, received zero nominations on Tuesday (November 24), and now he is adding even more context with another post.

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“Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!” he wrote.

Hours before, Grammys chief Harvey Mason Jr. issued a statement: “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. 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. 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.”

Just before speaking out, a report broke that The Weeknd‘s snub may have to do with an alleged ultimatum he was given in terms of either performing at the awards show or at the Super Bowl.

Previously, Harvey spoke out about how the Grammys voting worked this year…

Grammy Chief Speaks Out After The Weeknd Calls Recording Academy 'Corrupt'

Harvey Mason, Jr. is speaking out after seeing The Weeknd‘s response to being snubbed by The Grammys.

If you didn’t see, the “Blinding Lights” musician called out the Recording Academy in a scathing Instagram post, after his critically acclaimed album, After Hours, received zero nominations.

“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he wrote in his post.

Now, Harvey is speaking out with a statement on the situation, via Variety.

“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling,” he shared. “His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration.”

Harvey 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,” he added. “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.”

Previously, Harvey spoke out about how the Grammys voting worked this year…

The Weeknd Speaks Out After Grammys 2021 Snub

The Weeknd is calling out The Recording Academy.

The 30-year-old “Blinding Lights” superstar spoke out for the first time since the nominations were announced for the 2021 Grammys, where he received zero nominations for his album After Hours, despite critical and commercial success and having a chart history-making smash.

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“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he wrote.

Just before speaking out, a report broke that The Weeknd‘s snub may have to do with an alleged ultimatum he was given in terms of either performing at the awards show or at the Super Bowl.

Here’s what the Recording Academy chief said about the snub…

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The Weeknd Reportedly Given an Ultimatum Before Grammys 2021 Snub

It looks like there might be more to the story behind The Weeknd‘s snub at the 2021 Grammys.

The “Blinding Lights” superstar, who was curiously snubbed entirely after the nominations were revealed on Tuesday (November 24), apparently was given a choice to either perform at the 2021 Grammys or the Super Bowl, according to TMZ.

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“Sources familiar with the situation tell us The Weeknd‘s team was in talks for weeks with Grammy brass, who issued the ultimatum — us or Super Bowl LV. We’re told both sides eventually came to an agreement where Abel could do both, but not without negotiations getting very testy. Our sources say there’s growing suspicion Abel‘s decision to perform at this year’s Super Bowl cost him Grammy noms because the bitter back-and-forth talks pissed off Grammy honchos,” the outlet reported.

“It’s unclear why the Grammys would play such hardball in trying to exclusively book him for their airwaves. It might be fear of duplicate performances, as CBS is airing the award show AND the game one week apart in February. Still, our sources tell us Abel and co. feel the dispute might have something to do with his exclusion.”

Here’s what the Recording Academy’s chief said about the Grammys snub before this report…

Recording Academy Chief Addresses The Weeknd's Grammys 2021 Snub

Harvey Mason, Jr. is addressing the peculiar snub of The Weeknd at the 2021 Grammys.

Following the news that the “Blinding Lights” superstar received zero nominations, despite making Billboard chart history with his hit single and the critically acclaimed After Hours, the Recording Academy’s interim chief opened up in an interview wih Variety.

When asked how that happened, he said: “Y’know, it really just comes down to the voting body that decides. We have eight nomination slots to fill in [the “Big Four” categories: Best Album, Song, Record and New Artist], five in others, and the voters vote for their favorites. It’s really interesting, though.”

“We look at it every year and make tweaks and revisions to the process; we did it this year, last year, we’ll do it next year. And I don’t think this calls it into question, honestly. The process is there so we can continue to monitor excellence. I was in the ‘core room’ this year [which decides the Big Four] and I observed, and the people that were in it are music professionals — they are excellent, at the top of their craft in songwriting and producing, and there are a lot of artists. They were critically listening to every song that came across their desks — or virtual desks — so I don’t think it shows a flaw in the process. I think it’s actually…as you get a nomination, you start to really appreciate the process, where you’re saying, ‘I really made it through a strenuous and thoughtful process,’ to get to who are really the deserving nominees for that given year,” he went on to say.

He also spoke about albums getting a fair shot at being nominated.

“All the records get the fairest of fair shakes. We listen to all the music — even an album, you’re listening to almost the whole album, it takes I don’t know how many hours. It’s a long, arduous process and people take pride in it. The people in that room care: there’s no agendas in there, there’s no ‘let’s snub this person’ or that person. It’s about. ‘Let’s try and find excellence.’ Also, you have to remember that committee can’t vote on something that’s not there. They get a list of the 20 top vote-getters from the general voting field, and at that point they listen and talk about who to push forward as the final eight. So it’s really a two-step process.

He declined to address whether The Weeknd‘s album was on the shortlist: “We never talk about what’s on the shortlist, so I’ll leave it at that,” he said.

When pressed about whether the Recording Academy chief could ever remember an album being shut out like that, he said “I can’t ever remember a time when we’ve had 23,000 entries — that is the most entries we’ve ever had. I can’t remember a time when we’ve ever had this much range of genres and different types of musicians and music all in the [top four] categories. It’s actually amazing.”

Find out who was nominated at the 2021 Grammys…