The Weeknd Reveals He Was Going to Perform at 2021 GRAMMYs Before Snub

Published: Wednesday 25th Nov 2020 by Rashad

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.”

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The hoopla above came just a day after Weeknd’s manager, Wassim ‘Sal’ Slaiby, affirmed his support of his client.

 

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  1. Fancy BISH November 25, 2020

    The SCAMMYS ain’t SHIIT lol…I don’t care how many high end fashions, hair hats, tresses, weaves, expensive shoes, fragrances and jewelry that will be crammed up in there January 31st lmao…it still looks and smells like pure bullshiiit without The Weeknd 😂 🤳🏽💋

    • Management November 25, 2020

      He didn’t play the game and they showed that ass. Ask Rihanna.

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  2. #BOYCOTTTHEGRAMMYS November 25, 2020

    Maybe he should call fraudyonce’s business manager & start writing checks so he can get 9 nominations too. #BOYCOTTTHEGRAMMYS

  3. Clarks0o0ñ November 25, 2020

    Giving beyonce 9 nominations for a remix song and a flop video film that tanked on Disney +

    Those nominations should have gone to the weeknd

    Song of the year
    Record of the year
    Album of the year
    Best pop vocal album
    Best pop solo performance-
    Best pop vocal collaboration (in ir eyes feat Kenny g)
    Best music video short form
    Best rnb song( heartless)
    Best rnb performance (heartless)
    Best engineered album

    • Nicky November 25, 2020

      Shut Up!

      How stupid is this clown to cry when he loses.

      The measure of a man is defined when things don’t go his way.

      If the Grammys are a scam, why even consider performing in the first place. This has been said for years. He only cared when it affected him personally.

      All these wack Donald Trumps crying after the fact.

    • #BOYCOTTTHEGRAMMYS November 25, 2020

      Agreed, the Weeknd’s album had hits to cover all of those categories, but they wanna give them all to that flop just because she bends over for them and throws money at them cuz she cant stand on talent. the grammys proved just how full of sh!!t they really are.

    • UHoesFunny November 25, 2020

      Well too bad love, they all went to Bey 😘😂😂

      • Gworl Bye November 25, 2020

        Money talks.

  4. eric November 25, 2020

    I’m not a Weeknd fan, but the Grammys have never been more ridiculous with the nominations. I won’t be watching, and my hope is that most other people won’t either.

    • Gworl Bye November 25, 2020

      Same here, i don’t like him at all, I feel he’s getting karma for talking trash about Usher earlier this year, but shutting him out of Grammy nominations while throwing multiple nominations at projects that came & went without a hit is some transparent bull. Right is right, he should have been the most nominated artist this year, period.

  5. Nicky November 25, 2020

    Queen Bey Winning
    Biden-Harris Winning
    Black Girls Winning
    Dua Lipa outshining Camicky again

    Camicky The Clown Losing
    Donald Trump Losing

    Life is great.

    Egg is on Clarkson/Gayla Queef Face. 🤡😂

    • Clarks0o0ñ November 25, 2020

      The year is over, still no normani album

      8 year old blue ivy got a Grammy winner before normani
      😂

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH November 25, 2020

        GIRL NOBODY MENTIONED NORMANI ITS C******* THAT WAS MENTIONED OR CAN U NOT SPELL 😂

      • UHoesFunny November 25, 2020

        Wow please let go of this joke sis. It’s not working 😹😹 We love Normani, but not all of us are fans haha. Those punch lines aren’t phasing no one. You mad cuz Camel Nose not poppin, never was 😭😂 and now taking another L to the real queen of pop Mz. Lipa. Ugh shït, must suck to be you :/

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 25, 2020

      🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻💁🏼‍♂️💁🏼‍♂️

  6. Diabetes UNBOTHERED November 25, 2020

    The Weak END is a fool, instead of using this snub as MOTIVATION , he sealed his fate. he’ll NEVER be a Grammy winner now 😂

    • Coupe November 25, 2020

      He has 3 dummy

  7. Citi November 25, 2020

    No one wants to see another boring performance from him that nobody will ever rewatch on YouTube anyways.

  8. XYZ November 25, 2020

    This Generation is so messy. Yes, He was snubbed and should have been nominated in all honestly, especially considering who was actually nominated. But at least take it with grace and dignity.

    • Lmfao_hoe November 25, 2020

      My thoughts exactly like no matter the snub as Aaliyah would sing “ Dust yourself off and try again “ his biggest idol MJ did it when they ignored Off The Wall so he hit the whole world with Thriller – there was no absolute ignoring that ERA especially MTV too. I love The Weeknd but I can’t help noticing him and others are becoming way too “ entitled “ when past legends never gotten half the Recognition or acclaim they have 💯💯

  9. tyty November 25, 2020

    We don’t care my fav was snubbed countless times and took it with grace and dignity now folks favs getting snubbed left right and center y’all crying when it affects y’all favs. The Grammys ain’t s*** but steady having meltdowns? I’m loving the humble pie 2020 is serving. Heck 2020 is a Beyoncé Stan too. She is leaving the year on a high. Shame some can’t relate 💅🏾

  10. UHoesFunny November 25, 2020

    Imagine Bey throwing a temper tantrum for not winning Best Album for Lemonade. No class these days. Weeknd handing himself his own L.

  11. #WAP November 25, 2020

    I don’t like this man. And let’s not forget drake featured him on his second album and that was when The Weeknd was really introduced to the US. And now he’s beefing with drake! He thinks he’s Michael Jackson, yet nobody older than 25 gives a damn about his music or albums. He’ll go down as one of the worst Super Bowl halftime shows ever.

  12. MessyBoots November 25, 2020

    Mark my words.. this will be the lowest rated Grammy Awards by likely double digits.

    Not only Weeknd fans but the BTS fans are not too excited w/ their ONE nomination. Didnt they have a breakout year in 2020?

    This is horrible advance press for the ceremony. 🤣😂

    • #BOYCOTTTHEGRAMMYS November 25, 2020

      I hope so too, i hope this is their lowest rated show in history, they think nominating that roach a million times is gonna bring them ratings, those BTS fans will fix that for sure lol.

  13. American November 25, 2020

    The Weeknd was definitely snubbed. Even though I didn’t like the album, the single was MASSIVE.

    & don’t bring Beyoncé into this. She didn’t pay for her awards. There’s so many times that Grammys snubbed Beyonce, y’all act like she always win.

    • #BOYCOTTTHEGRAMMYS November 25, 2020

      Lies. That b!!tch pays for her awards, just like she fakes her streaming numbers. kanye said it too.

      • American November 25, 2020

        Well if she pays for them why didn’t she win them all? Why didn’t she buy album of the year? What sense does it make to only buy a little bit?

  14. Keith November 25, 2020

    Abel can have some socially distant seats. Perhaps study up on “Playing the Game: Chapters Grace, Dignity, & Winning”. Get off social media and believe that the people will catch up if what he does is indeed that good…

    • AJ November 25, 2020

      What Abel means is he said his preconditions for performing were nominations for album and record of the year.

  15. Lil na$ty November 25, 2020

    Awww look at the WEAK END crying like the p***y he sounds like when he sings 😂😂😂 KING X would never

  16. Lil na$ty November 25, 2020

    Awww look at the WEAK END crying like the p***y he sounds like when he sings 😂😂😂 KING X would never

  17. AJ November 25, 2020

    Overrated, entitled trash. The weeknd is so arrogant.

  18. Steve November 25, 2020

    Who cares? The Grammys don’t mean anything anymore.

  19. PinotNoir November 27, 2020

    His manager’s IG caption reads more like a political statement re: his country of Lebanon than the Grammy’s. Another migrant Canadian with a huge ego managed by an Arab show-off. I–for one–an happy the accidental star (that’s why he’s always in bandages, right?) got overlooked; his album is nothing to write home about compared to the first 3.

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