R&B star The Weeknd slammed the Grammy Awards on Tuesday, calling them “corrupt” after his latest smash hit album After Hours was snubbed from nominations.
The Recording Academy, the organization behind the awards, announced the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Tuesday.
Beyoncé leads the list with nine nominations, including record of the year, song of the year and best music video. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich followed with six nominations each.
“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” the three-time Grammy winner tweeted hours after the nominations were announced.
After Hours was one of the biggest albums of the year, with two songs from the record, “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s interim president and CEO, addressed the issue in a statement.
“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated,” Mason said. “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.”
“Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists,” Mason added.
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