Update: The Weeknd talks in-depth about the Grammys with Billboard:
"If you were like, ‘Do you think the Grammys are racist?’ I think the only real answer is that in the last 61 years of the Grammys, only 10 Black artists have won album of the year,” he says. “I don’t want to make this about me. That’s just a fact.”
Update: The CEO of the Recording Academy responds to The Weeknd’s tweet (via 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. We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before.
“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 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.
“All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence,” he concludes, “and we congratulate them all.” - Grammys CEO
The Weeknd addresses his shocking Grammys snub: https://t.co/lq7Kheb4mP— @CTRLNOW (@ctrInow) November 25, 2020
Tons and tons of music fans were left in awe after The Weeknd received zero nominations for the 2021 Grammys. After an astonishing record breaking year with the album After Hours, The Weeknd undeniably seemed to be the artist to sweep next years ceremony.
The Weeknd’s complete shutout has left fans wondering, what exactly did he do wrong? Well, Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy's interim president and CEO, addressed the snub during post-announcement interviews.
"For The Weeknd, in every year you only have a certain amount of people you can nominate for each category," Mason told Billboard. "... We are excited about some of the other categories where he was nominated. It’s never easy to tell where people are going to land."
During an Q&A he also further extended on a similar statement. "... All the records get the fairest of fair shakes. We listen to all the music — even an album, you’re listening to almost the whole album, it takes I don’t know how many hours," he said. "It’s a long, arduous process and people take pride in it. The people in that room care: there's no agendas in there, there's no 'let's snub this person' or that person. It's about. 'Let’s try and find excellence.' Also, you have to remember that committee can't vote on something that's not there”.