The Weeknd was completely shut out of the Grammy nominations.
Despite releasing one of the biggest albums of the year, After Hours, the Toronto crooner’s name was nowhere to be found when the nominations were announced on Tuesday, shocking fans and his peers including Kid Cudi, who tweeted, “Abel was robbed man this shits weak.”
Many questioned how this could happen, even suggesting that The Weeknd didn’t submit his name for consideration. But one reporter countered that argument, saying that his name was submitted and yet he still wasn’t nominated.
In an interview with Variety, Recording Academy chief Harvey Mason, Jr. was asked how an album as big as The Weeknd’s could be completely ignored.
“It really just comes down to the voting body that decides,” he said. “We have eight nomination slots to fill in [the ‘Big Four’ categories: Best Album, Song, Record and New Artist], five in others, and the voters vote for their favorites. It’s really interesting, though.”
Mason stood behind his voting committee, insisting that the process is thorough. “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.’”
When asked if The Weeknd was on the shortlist, he wouldn’t say. “We never talk about what’s on the shortlist, so I’ll leave it at that,” he said.
Abel has yet to address the snub. Meanwhile, others like Justin Bieber, Teyana Taylor, and Nicki Minaj took to social media to share their own grievances with the Grammys.
UPDATE: The Weeknd is breaking his silence after being shut out completely at the Grammys. Taking to Twitter, Abel blasted the Recording Academy for being corrupt and demanded transparency.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he tweeted. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”