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Halsey Joins The Weeknd In Battling ‘Corrupt’ Grammys

Halsey has joined Drake, Elton John and others in calling out the Grammys for their snub of The Weekend.

Canadian R&B icon The Weeknd took to social media to accuse the Recording Academy of being “corrupt” after he did not receive a single nomination for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards.

“The Grammys remain corrupt,” the Weeknd tweeted after the nominations were announced. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”

A 3 time Grammy winner, The Weekend is having a successful 2020 following the release of his fourth studio album After Hours which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. He’s also just been announced as the headliner for next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Halsey On Grammy ‘Bribes’

Halsey joined the fray over the weekend, tweeting about the Grammy selection process:

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Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s interim president and CEO, denied that there were any malevolent designs against the Weeknd.

“You know, there’s so many nominations and there’s only so many slots, it’s really tough to predict what the voters are going to vote for in any given year,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I try not to be too surprised.”

The Weeknd wasn’t the only Grammy snub this year. Justin Bieber said that he was “flattered” for the nominations he received but said he felt like he’d been miscategorized as pop when he intended to make an R&B album.

“I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry,” he said in a post on his social media after the nominations were announced. “With that being said, I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album, which is very strange to me.”

Many observers were also surprised that country singer-songwriter Luke Combs didn’t pick up a nomination this year following the success of his second studio album What You See Is What You Get. Just last week, Combs won CMA Awards for Country Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year and won Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the ACMs in September.

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