Halsey hits out at The Grammys for snubbing The Weeknd (Picture: Getty)
Halsey has spoken out against The Grammys, after The Weeknd was noticeably snubbed during this year’s nominations.
The nominations for the Grammys 2020 were revealed last week, with Beyoncé leading those listed, after landing a huge nine nods.
Taylor Swift, Roddy Rich, Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion were among the stars being recognised, but fans were left venting their frustration after The Weeknd failed to secure a single nomination – despite being tipped by critics to be a front-runner.
Many claimed the Blinding Lights hit-maker, who is set to perform at the Super Bowl in 2021, had been ‘robbed’, with Halsey now jumping to The Weeknd’s defence on social media.
Taking to Instagram, the singer, 26, shared a statement calling for more ‘transparency and reform’ when it comes to the annual awards and claimed The Weeknd ‘deserves better’.
Halsey wrote: ‘I’ve been thinking and wanted to choose my words carefully because a lot of people have extended sympathy and apology to me since the Grammy nominations.
Halsey said The Weeknd deserves better (Picture: Instagram)
‘The Grammys are an elusive process. It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshakes and “bribes” that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as “not bribes”.’
‘And if you get that far, it’s about committing to exclusive TV performances and making sure you help the Academy make their millions in advertising on the night of the show. Perhaps sometimes it is (!!) but it’s not always about the music or quality or culture,’ she claimed.
Halsey finished: ‘Just wanted to get that off my chest. @theweeknd deserves better, and Manic did too. Perhaps it’s unbecoming of me to say so, but I can’t care anymore.
The Weeknd received no nominations (Picture: Getty)
‘While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognised this year, I am hoping for more transparency or reform. But I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway.’
Her statement came after The Weeknd accused The Grammys of ‘corruption’.
He shared a message to his Instagram page that read: ‘The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.’
His track Blinding Lights had spent four weeks at number one in the US and eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart in the UK – making it the best-selling single of the year in the UK.
It also topped the charts in many other countries, including Ireland, Australia and Canada, and was named record of the year by Variety.
The Weeknd’s album, featuring his singles Blinding Lights and Heartless, also failed to get nominated, despite reaching number on in both the UK and the US.
The Recording Academy’s chair Harvey Mason Jr said he was ‘saddened’ by The Weeknd’s post and addressed his lack of nominations in a statement that read: ‘We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated.
‘I was surprised and can empathise with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent.’
The Grammys is set to take place on January 31 2021.