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'You deserved to be there': celebrities react to the Weeknd's Grammy snub

Scooter Braun, Drake, Elton John and more are expressing their disappointment online.

Scooter Braun, Drake, Elton John and more are expressing their disappointment online

Toronto artist the Weeknd's hit single, 'Blinding Lights,' recently broke the record for most weeks in the Hot 100’s Top 5 after clocking 28 weeks on the charts. But even with feats like that, he was shut out of the 2021 Grammy Awards nominations. (Getty Images for A24)

The 2021 Grammy Award nominations were revealed earlier this week, and while many Canadians were recognized, one prominent artist was omitted.

The Weeknd, whose single "Blinding Lights" was one of the biggest singles of 2020 (from his equally successful album After Hours), was projected to rake in a number of nods including record and song of the year. Instead, he received zero nominations. 

In the days since, the Toronto R&B singer has spoken out, calling the Grammys "corrupt" and asking for transparency. He also insinuated that the lack of nominations meant that he got uninvited from the upcoming ceremony.

In response, Grammy Awards' interim chief, Harvey Mason Jr., released a statement arguing that "all of the records get the fairest of fair shakes.... The people in that room care: there's no agendas in there, there's no 'let's snub this person' or that person. It's about, 'Let's try and find excellence.'" 

The Weeknd isn't the only artist expressing their disappointment in the Grammys and its nominations. Here is a roundup of artists and music industry insiders speaking out on this growing controversy. 

Editor's note: explicit language below.


Drake 

Elton John

Kid Cudi

Scooter Braun

Boi 1da

Tinashe

Sean Leon 

Charlie Puth

Nicki Minaj

Akon and Sam Smith

La Mar Taylor (creative director of XO)

Wassim Slaiby (The Weeknd's manager)

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