Grammy chief Harvey Mason Jr has responded to R&B star The Weeknd’s claims of “corruption”, saying although he too was shocked that the singer didn’t obtain any nominations, yearly the quantity of artists vying for recognition on the “only peer-voted music awards” is rather more than the nominations. In a serious shock snub for the 63rd Grammy Awards nominations, The Weeknd was shut out, regardless of having the biggest-selling album this yr with ‘After Hours’.
The singer, who was anticipated to rule the primary classes, after choosing up a number of awards at each the MTV VMAs and American Music Awards 2020 referred to as out the Recording Academy for ignoring him within the nominations.
“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency,” The Weeknd, whose actual title is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, wrote after the nomination announcement.
Mason Jr additionally confirmed studies that the artist was initially anticipated to carry out on the Grammys Awards ceremony on January 31, in addition to the Super Bowl the next week, however denied that the negotiations round that scenario, which sources say grew to become contentious, had any function in The Weeknd’s absence from the nods.
“Congratulations to today’s Grammy nominees, who have earned their peers’ recognition for their incredible work. There were a record number of submissions in this unusual and competitive year,” the Grammy chief wrote in response to Variety.
“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…” he mentioned.
Mason Jr additionally mentioned Recording Academy was “thrilled” after they discovered The Weeknd can be performing on the upcoming Super Bowl and they’d have cherished to have him additionally carry out on the Grammy stage the weekend earlier than.
“Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists. But as the only peer-voted music award, we will continue to recognize and celebrate excellence in music while shining a light on the many amazing artists that make up our global community.
“To be clear, voting in all classes ended effectively earlier than The Weeknd’s efficiency on the Super Bowl was introduced, so by no means might it have affected the nomination course of,” the Grammy head said.
The Grammy nominations are multi-step process in which committees, which include veteran music professionals, make their decisions based on a shortlist handed down from a screening committee that considers thousands of submissions.