The fallout from The Weeknd‘s unceremonious snub from the 2021 GRAMMYs nominations unveiled Tuesday (November 24) continues.
After Recording Academy Chief Harvey Mason Jr. fielded questions about The Weeknd’s glaring absence from the nod tally (seen here), The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) hit back calling the GRAMMYs and its voting system ‘corrupt.’
Now that Mason Jr.’s taken to press to refute Tesfaye’s claims of corruption, the ‘Blinding Lights’ star’s responding with claims he had already begun negotiations to perform at the ceremony!
Ouch! Details inside:
Taking to Twitter November 25 (as seen above), Abel confirmed he was in talks with the Academy to perform at the 2021 GRAMMYs.
As it’s fairly common practice for the night’s nominees to also take the stage, the singer felt the absence of nominations suggested his presence was unwanted at the event.
The timing raises eyebrows for many, including industry analysts, who believe Abel’s decision to perform at the Super Bowl negatively impacted his chances of performing at the GRAMMYs – a move that allegedly pissed off the voting board.
Mason Jr. vehemently denied such claims, however (as we reported here). Taking to press, he said:
“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.
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.”
The hoopla above came just a day after Weeknd’s manager, Wassim ‘Sal’ Slaiby, affirmed his support of his client.
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