Nominations for 2021 Grammy Awards rolled out Tuesday afternoon and despite years of complaints from artists and fans alike with the award selection committee, this was supposed to be the year they “got it right” and instead they made arguably one of the more massive snubs in the history of the event. Canadian Pop Star, The Weeknd didn’t receive any award nominations for his album After Hours, which was clearly one of the biggest commercially successful albums of the year with 1.8 billion streams to date. After learning the news, The Weeknd took to twitter to let his thoughts be known tweeting “The Grammys remain corrupt” continuing “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Since the announcement rumors have began circling with reported sources close to the selection committee claiming that The Weeknd was snubbed due to his commitment to perform the Super Bowl halftime show and not solely perform at 2021 Grammys. In response to the snub, Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said about the snub “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,” In an attempt to clear the awards of the Super Bowl performance controversy Mason added “We would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before [the Super Bowl], 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.”
Furthering on into Hip Hop, the posthumous albums from Pop Smoke, Mac Miller and Juice WRLD were all potential nominations yet none of them received a nod from the award committee. Both Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD’s album respectively debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and were two of the biggest selling albums of the year. 50 Cent whom executive produced Pop Smoke’s album said in a recent interview “If it’s recognized it will because he’s gone … they’re afraid to give him Grammys because they think it’s teaching the audience to want to be like Pop and to be like him is to be part of gang culture. Who you see get Grammys that is making Drill music? You mean to tell me ain’t none of those songs worthy of it?”
Atlanta rap star, Lil Baby managed to pick up nominations in the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance categories for “The Bigger Picture,” however many of his fans and his manager alike feel he was snubbed as his album My Turn wasn’t nominated in the Best Rap Album category with Nas’ King’s Disease, Royce Da 5’9’s The Allegory, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist’s Alfredo, D Smoke’s Black Habitsand Jay Electronica’s A Written Testimony.
Whoever making the decisions at the Grammys “You all disconnected like a mf” you don’t speak for our culture. Congrats to all the nominees. #MyTurnAlbumOfTheYear
— P (@qcm_p) November 24, 2020