Halsey says GRAMMY Awards 'not always about the music' in blistering post

'I'm sure this post will blacklist me anyway'
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Halsey joined a growing list of musicians to speak their feelings about the GRAMMY process after The Weeknd was shut out with zero nominations.

Like The Weeknd, Halsey didn’t receive a single GRAMMY nomination. In a lengthy Instagram Story (via Deadline), she addressed her lack of nominations and expanded on her thoughts about the award show’s nomination process.

“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,” she wrote.

“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.”

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“Just wanted to get that off my chest,” she continued. “@theweeknd deserves better, and Manic did too 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.”

After the complete list of nominees at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards was revealed, The Weeknd wrote a scathing tweet slamming the award show. “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency,” he wrote.

Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy responded to the backlash the GRAMMYs received and addressed The Weeknd’s lack of nominations.

“I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration, he said.”

“Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists.

The 2021 GRAMMY Awards are set to take place on Sunday, January 31, 2021 and will air on CBS at 8PM ET / 5PM PT.

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