Why Is The Weeknd Criticizing the Grammys? Singer Labels Awards 'Corrupt'

The Weeknd has hit out at the Grammys in a scathing tweet labeling the awards "corrupt."

The R&B singer, given name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, failed to receive any nominations for the 2021 awards.

"The Grammys remain corrupt," he wrote on Twitter, hours after the nominations were announced. "You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency."

The Canadian singer was expected to perform at next year's ceremony following the release of his hit single "Blinding Lights" and the success of album "After Hours" this year.

The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency...

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020

But despite the song's insane popularity thanks to a viral TikTok dance and upcoming hype surrounding a Super Bowl halftime performance, Tesfaye failed to receive a single nomination for Grammys 2021.

Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said they would have loved The Weekend to perform at the ceremony and said that his Super Bowl commitments did not affect his Grammy nomination chances.

"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," Mason Jr. told Rolling Stone.

"We would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before [the Super Bowl]," he explained. "Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists ... 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."

The Weeknd's 'King of the Fall'
The Weeknd attends the premiere of A24's "Uncut Gems" at The Dome at ArcLight Hollywood on December 11, 2019, in Hollywood, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Mason Jr. added: "All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all."

The Weeknd's attack on the Grammys is not an isolated incident in terms of the awards being sharply criticized by artists for a lack of transparency.

At this year's awards ceremony, rapper Diddy took the stage to call out the organization for "not respecting" black music after receiving the Recording Academy's Industry Icon Award.

"It's an elephant in the room, and it's not just about the Grammys. This is discrimination and injustice everywhere at an all-time high. But there's something I need to say to the Grammys ... 'cause you really need to know this," he said at the event which was attended by Beyoncé, Jay-Z and more.

"Every year, y'all be killing us, man. Man, I'm talking about the pain. I'm speaking for all the artists here, the executives. The amount of time it takes to make these records, to pour your heart out into it, and you just want an even playing field.

"Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be. So right now, this current situation, it's not a revelation. This thing been going on."

Earlier this year, Kanye West made headlines when he posted a video of him urinating on a trophy to Twitter.

Beyoncé led the nominations at this year's Grammys, receiving nine nominations. Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch each received six.