On Tuesday night, Zayn Malik took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the Recording Academy. The Grammys were slammed by the English singer-songwriter, who accused them of being rigged.
Since the nominees for this year were revealed in November, Zayn’s fans were perplexed by his post’s timing. Furthermore, since his most recent album, Nobody Is Listening, was released in January, it was not considered a nomination.
Later, Zayn explained that the tweet had nothing to do with his upcoming record. That was due to a lack of accountability in the nomination process, as well as racism.
“My tweet was not personal or about eligibility but was about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process and the space that creates and allows favouritism, racism, and networking politics to influence the voting process (sic).”
The Weeknd Also Made It Clear That Grammys Don’t Matter To Him
Since receiving no nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards, The Weeknd has confirmed that he no longer cares about being snubbed.
The singer, who will appear at the Super Bowl half-time show on February 7, was asked by Billboard how he felt about the snub last November.
“Listen, I don’t give a damn about it anymore. “I have three Grammys,” he said, “which, frankly, mean nothing to me now.”
“To be honest, I’m terrible at delivering speeches.” Don’t bother about award ceremonies.”
“It’s not like, ‘Oh, I want the Grammy!'” he said, adding that he was over his need to succeed. It’s just that something like this happened, and I’m able to put myself in front of the fire as long as it doesn’t happen again.”
As he won big awards at the MTV VMAs in August, he emerged on stage with a bloodied lip, and at the American Music Awards in November, he appeared on stage with his face wrapped with bandages.
The make-up and bandages are part of a campaign against drunk driving that he has been endorsing for his new album.
Because of the popularity of his number one album After Hours and the hit song Flashing Lights, Tesfaye accused the Grammy organizers of being “corrupt” when the nominees were revealed.
The Grammys replied that while they “empathized” with his disappointment, certain “deserving” acts were left out every year.
“I simply use a sucker punch as an analogy,” Tesfaye said to Billboard about his new thoughts about the Grammys. I am totally surprised by this. I had a strong sense of. I had a strong sense of things. I have no idea if it was depression or rage that caused me to feel this way. I believe it was just a case of misunderstanding. “What I needed was for someone to respond to my questions.” ‘What went wrong?’ for example. We did everything correctly, I agree. I’m not conceited in the least. I am not arrogant. People predicted that I would be nominated. The world instructed me. ‘That’s it; this is your year,’ or something along those lines. “Everyone was perplexed.”
“If you were like, ‘Do you believe the Grammys are racist?'” he said. “I feel the only valid answer is that only 10 Black artists have won album of the year in the Grammys’ 61-year history,” he explained. “It isn’t supposed to be for me.” That is simply the case.”
Sir Elton John, for one, agreed with The Weeknd’s comments, writing on Instagram, “In my humble opinion, Blinding Lights [is] album of the year.” The singer, whose 1970 hit Your Song is sampled on After Hours, used the hashtag #GrammySnub in his post.
Grammys Voting Process
The Grammys voting process is famously complicated, with selection panels holding the final say in 72 categories, indicating they will overrule the general public’s decisions.
Last year, the Recording Academy’s chief executive claimed to have proof of “significant” voting violations in the ceremony’s voting.
Deborah Dugan made her accusations after being put on unpaid leave due to misconduct allegations.
She believed her firing was revenge for speaking out about workplace discrimination, such as sexual assault and rigged election procedures.
Malik has had a rocky association with the Grammys, having twice been excluded in 2017 from the best new artist category because of his past performance with One Direction.
At the moment, the Recording Academy’s chief awards officer, Bill Freimuth, said, “This was fairly straight cut.”
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever, a duet Malik performed with Taylor Swift for the film Fifty Shades Darker, was nominated for best song written for visual media in 2018. However, rather than honoring the singers, the award honors the songwriters (in this case, Swift, Jack Antonoff, and Sam Dew).
Nobody Is Listening, the star’s third album released in January will be available for nomination next year. It did not, though, make the top 40 in the United States.
On Sunday, the 63rd Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles, with special staging planned to reflect the latest pandemic situation.
The program consisted of four stages, each with a limited number of artists, winners, and guests, and a fifth stage for presenters. The stages were organized in a circle, with a smaller crew recording the proceedings in the middle.
Beyoncé is the most nominated artist, with nine, including four for Black Parade, a protest song released during last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests. Both Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift had six nominations, with Swift winning the album of the year in a row for the third time for her first lockdown album, Folklore.