The Grammys are being currently boycotted by the Weeknd who received no nominations despite his massive commercial and critical success for his latest albums. And he’s not the only one who’s calling out the Grammys for being biased. Zayn Malik is also calling out the Grammys for being biased and racist.
Zayn Malik angry at how Grammys voting works
The British singer made a tweet a few days before the Grammys calling out how the nomination process works:
“Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionery.”
Zayn Malik’s latest music album was not eligible to get a nomination for the Grammys because it came out after the cut-off date in August.
Fuck the grammys and everyone associated. Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.
— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 9, 2021
In another tweet, the pop singer pointed out that his remarks regarding the Grammys ‘weren’t personal or about eligibility’.
Rather, Malik stated that he was more worried ‘about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process. He further highlighted how the current Grammys voting system ‘allows favoritism, racism, and networking politics to influence the voting’.
My tweet was not personal or about eligibility but was about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process and the space that creates and allows favoritism, racism, and netwokring politics to influence the voting process
— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 10, 2021
The news comes after The Weeknd already called out the Grammys for the corruption
Zayn Malik’s criticism of the Grammys is similar to The Weeknd who stated that the Grammys organizers are corrupt since he was snubbed in this year’s nominations. The snub was shocking to the music industry as well as Weeknd’s fans because his latest album ‘Blinding Lights’ broke charts and records!
His hit single ‘Blinding Lights’ has, as of now, spent about 52 weeks in the US top 10. This is record-breaking and the reason why many assumed he would be the major contender for the Grammys this year. But, he wasn’t nominated in all 84 categories of the Grammys.
The Weeknd called the snub ‘an attack’. He told Billboard Magazine:
“I’m not a cocky person. I’m not arrogant. People told me I was going to get nominated. The world told me. We were all very confused.”
Since then, The Weekend (real name Abel Tesfaye) also boycotted the Grammys.
Halsey also called out the Grammys
Fellow musician and singer Halsey also called out the Grammys for their discrimination. She also didn’t receive any nominations.
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. Just wanted to get that off my chest. @theweeknd deserves better, and Manic did too [woman shrugging emoji] perhaps it’s unbecoming of me to say so but I can’t care anymore. While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognized this year, I am hoping for more transparency or reform. But I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway.
There is evidence of irregularity in the voting and nomination process of the Grammys
It’s not just popular and critically acclaimed singers such as Zayn Malik, Halsey, and The Weeknd pointing out the problems and bias in the Grammys voting process. It was actually the chief executive of the Recording Academy as well. Deborah Dugan organized the Grammy ceremony and last year she shared there was solid evidence of there being serious irregularity in the voting process.
After Dugan made these allegations, she was put on administrative leave. She claims that the leave resulted because she spoke out against the misconduct in the recording academy. The misconduct involves not just corruption but cases of sexual harassment too.
Zayn’s turbulent history with the Grammys
As for Zayn Malik, he has had previous grievances with the Grammys as well. He was disqualified for being nominated for the Best New Artist Category in 2017. The reason was because of his past fame and popularity with One Direction.
Zayn Malik’s song duet with Taylor Swift ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ got a nomination for best song written in 2018. Though, the song didn’t recognize the performers, only the writers Taylor Swift, Sam Dew, and Jack Antonoff.
The British singer’s 3rd album, ‘Nobody is Listening’, came out this January. It can be eligible for consideration for the Grammys in 2022. Though, it has not made it to the US top 40 charts.
The star’s third album, Nobody Is Listening, which came out in January, will be eligible for consideration next year. However, it failed to make the US top 40.
The 63rd Grammys are happening this Sunday in Los Angeles. There are special staging and arrangements made to cater to the pandemic.