The Weeknd Grammy Snub

Anica Graney, Editor-In-Chief

The 63rd Grammy awards are fast approaching signaling for the nominations which were dropped Nov. 24. What surprised many people from the announcement was that singer/songwriter The Weeknd was snubbed of any nominations.

The Weeknd released his fourth studio album “After Hours” on March 20th of this year, right at the beginning of the pandemic. With nothing else to do due to the lockdown and at the insistence of my boyfriend, I listened to the album and was taken at how retro the music was. It sounded like a mix between 80s pop and modern R&B, a sound I had never experienced before.

Many people thought the same way as I did, and it became the number 1 album on Billboard’s Top 200 and received 444,000 sales in the U.S. alone. It was more than expected that The Weeknd would receive at least some Grammy nominations. Unfortunately, the nominations completely left The Weeknd out of this year’s awards.

Rightly outraged, The Weeknd took to social media posting, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”

The Grammys have been criticized in the past for being unfair and untransparent in its decision-making process. This snub just adds fuel to the fire for people who dislike the Grammys.

Even though The Weeknd was robbed of any nominations, he was invited to play this year’s Superbowl halftime show happening a week after the Grammys award show.