Zayn Malik blasted the Grammy Awards and accused her of being manipulated.
The former One Direction star, whose latest album “Nobody Is Listening” was released in January and is therefore not eligible for this year’s nominations, hit the Recording Academy in a strongly worded tweet.
He wrote, “F *** the Grammys and everyone involved. If you don’t shake hands and send gifts, there is no nomination consideration.
“I’ll send you a basket of candy next year.”
The nominations for this year’s show, set to take place on Sunday (3/14/21), were announced in November, and the 28-year-old singer later made it clear that his rant wasn’t about his own album.
He said: “My tweet was not about personal questions or eligibility, but about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency in the nomination process, as well as the space that favoritism, racism and network politics creates and enables to influence the voting process. “”
His comments come after The Weeknd ruled the Grammy “corrupt” after finding out that his hugely successful album “After Hours” was snatched for the 2021 ceremony.
He said at the time: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the transparency of the industry …”
The Grammys have since responded, insisting that they are “surprised” that he was not recognized, blaming the lack of nominations for giving “less” to distribute “than the number of deserved artists”.
Harvey Mason Jr., Chairman of the Recording Academy, made a statement to Rolling Stone magazine saying, “We understand The Weeknd is disappointed not to be nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he is feeling.
“His music this year has been excellent and his contributions to the music community and the wider world deserve everyone’s admiration. Unfortunately, there are fewer nominations each year than the number of deserved artists.
“All Grammy nominees are recognized by the electoral body for excellence and we congratulate them all.”