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Grammys remain corrupt, says The Weekend after getting zero nominations

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Three-time Grammy Award winner, The Weekend, has lashed out at the Recording Academy on Monday, saying “the Grammys remain corrupt,” after he was left off the nomination list for next year’s awards.

The 30-year-old, in a tweet hours after finding out he was exempted from the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards, aired his displeasure.

The snub would definitely have fans questioning despite the singer-songwriter’s success at the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday, bagging multiple awards and was in contention for the album of the year.

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Reacting further on Twitter, he wrote. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”

However,  TMZ reports that The Weeknd’s snub may have stemmed from his decision to headline next year’s Super Bowl.

But in a chat with PEOPLE, Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO, refuted the claims, stating “that in no way could” The Weeknd’s headlining of the Super Bowl “have affected the nomination process.”

“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated,” Mason Jr. says. “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.”

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Although TMZ claimed the Grammys officials issued the musician an ultimatum between the two events, but came to an agreement where the musician could perform at both after heated negotiations, Mason Jr. maintained that they “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.”

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He added that “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, and we congratulate them all.”

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