The 2021 Grammy Awards were announced yesterday stirring up a lot of controversy among musicians. Beyonce leads the pack with 9 nominations and Taylor Swift lands among the nominees for Album of the Year. Dua Lipa has 6 nominations and Noah Cyrus sobbed when she learned she was nominated for “Best New Artist.” However there were several stars who spoke out about the tone def honor.
One notable snub was The Weeknd whose album “After Hours” released in March was the year’s biggest commercial success stories, with 1.8 billion streams to date. He received zero nominations prompting him to Tweet, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Justin Bieber also spoke out about being placed in the Pop Category despite making an R&B album. Not wanting to seem ungrateful, Bieber’s note thanked those who voted and who worked hard for him.
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Nicki Minaj reminded music fans about how she was shut out from the “Best New Artist” category.
Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday
— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) November 24, 2020
Teyana Taylor pointed out how the “R&B Album” category is all male nominees. It was only two years ago that Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said women needed to “step up” when asked about the ceremony only presenting 1 award to a solo female.
Y’all was better off just saying best MALE R&B ALBUM cause all I see is dick in this category. https://t.co/LlL769FbTR
— TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) November 24, 2020
The 2021 Grammy Awards are set to take place Jan. 31, 2021, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles