The Weeknd called out the Grammys for their apparent "corruption" following the Canadian singer's nomination shutout for this year's ceremony. “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency…” the 30-year-old tweeted on Tuesday.
Refuting the claims of corruption was the Recording Academy's interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. He told Variety on Tuesday after The Weeknd's viral tweet, "For The Weeknd, in every year you only have a certain amount of people you can nominate for each category," adding, "There, there's no 'let's snub this person' or that person. It's about. 'Let’s try and find excellence.' Also, you have to remember that committee can't vote on something that's not there."
According to TMZ, the nomination snub may have something to do with The Weeknd choosing to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show instead of at the Grammys. TMZ reports that negotiations went south after the Recording Academy told the Weeknd to choose between the Grammys and the halftime show. Despite eventually coming to an agreement, some close to the situation say RA members were left "pissed" at The Weeknd, which could explain his lack of nominations and the fervent claims of corruption coming from the singer himself.