KEY POINTS

  • The Weeknd accused the Grammys of "corruption" after hit album "After Hours" failed to get a single nod
  • The singer called on the Recording Academy to make its nomination preocess transparent
  • "After Hours" and "Blinding Lights" were considered top contenders for almost all categories they were eligible for

The Weeknd has broken his silence over his shocking Grammys shutout.

On Tuesday, the 30-year-old musician, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, took to his official Twitter account and accused the Recording Academy of “corruption” after the singer did not receive a single nomination for his hit album, “After Hours.”

The “Heartless” singer also called on the Recording Academy to be more transparent in their nomination process, suggesting there were unknown factors that led to his snub.

“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency,” the singer wrote.

Meanwhile, the singer was given an ultimatum, demanding that he choose between performing at the Grammys or Super Bowl LV, TMZ reported. Sources familiar with the situation told the media outlet that the musician’s decision to perform at the Super Bowl allegedly cost him his chances of getting nominated.

“Blinding Lights” is one of the biggest songs of the year and broke many records after its release. The track went on to peak at no. 1 in almost 34 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The song also broke the record for the most number of weeks spent in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. “Blinding Lights” spent 28 weeks in the top five, surpassing the previous record held by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”

Apart from that, the song also broke the 22-year-old record held by Goo Goo Dolls' “Iris” in August when it topped the Billboard Radio Songs airplay chart for the 19th week.

“After Hours,” meanwhile, received universal acclaim and remained at the no. 1 spot on Billboard 200 chart for four consecutive weeks. 

The snub left The Weeknd’s fans furious, with one writing, “The Grammy’s made The Weeknd choose between performing at their show or performing at the Super Bowl. This is a reality of the entertainment industry. It sucks that they put him in that spot after he dropped an LP that got hella love.”

“All I want from The Weeknd is for him to perform in the Super Bowl half-time show and says ‘Never need a Grammy, I’m what the Grammys need,'” @TheRapAgenda said.

One of The Weeknd’s close friends and fellow musicians, Kid Cudi, also commented on the singer’s omission from this year’s nominations, simply saying, “Abel was robbed.”

“The biggest robbery of all time. Not even one, Not even a single nomination to The Weeknd or After Hours or one of the songs. I’m not a Weeknd fan. But seriously when I heard this album, these songs are lit,” one fan wrote.

“Are you kidding me, it’s Abel aka @theweeknd we’re talking about? He completely conquered the music industry this year with After Hours staying at the top of the charts consistently. Who are you kidding tbh, @RecordingAcad?” another fan tweeted.

  Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd accepting the award for Best R&B for "Blinding Lights" during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd accepting the award for Best R&B for "Blinding Lights" during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Photo: MTV / -