Halsey joins chorus of artists and fans criticizing Grammy nomination process: ‘It’s all about knowing the right people… handshakes and bribes’
Nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced last week with Beyoncé leading the way with nine noms, followed by the likes of Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich with six each.
Pop stars Halsey and The Weeknd are among the two high-profile artists who were snubbed this go-around despite having commercially successful new studio albums.
And now, in the days since the announcement, Halsey has joined the chorus of artists and fans who have criticized The Recording Academy by calling The Grammys ‘an elusive process’, while insinuating that it is entrenched in politics.
Getting real: Halsey has joined the chorus of artists and fans who have criticized The Recording Academy and its process for Grammy nominations
Powered by lead-in singles: Without Me, Graveyard and You Should Be Sad, Halsey’s third studio album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the U.S following its release on January 17.
It went on to become the first album to be certified Platinum by The Recording Industry Association Of America in the U.S. in 2020.
On the heels of the growing scrutiny and backlash over this year’s nominations, the New Jersey native took to social media to give her point of view on the subject.
‘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 started in a message she posted on her Instagram Story.
Open book: The pop star, who didn’t receive any nominations, talked about how The Grammys are ‘an elusive process’ that are partly about ‘knowing the right people’ in a social media post
Came up empty: The New Jersey native, 26, was snubbed by The Grammys despite have the first studio album to be certified Platinum in 2020
‘The Grammys are an elusive process. It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning though the grapevine, with the right handshakes and bribes that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as not-bribes,’ she added.
She went on to imply that the behind-the-scenes moving and shaking is all about securing the bottom line.
‘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. Perhaps sometimes it is (!!) but it’s not always about the music or quality or culture.’
Halsey then mentioned The Weeknd, who was also snubbed by the Grammys this year. And he too felt the need to speak out publicly, calling the nomination process ‘corrupt’.
More honest talk: Halsey also criticized The Grammys for snubbing The Weeknd, who also had a commercially successful new album, After Hours, in 2020
The Weeknd’s latest studio album, After Hours and its 1980s new wave influence, dropped on March 20, 2020, and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
‘@theweeknd deserves better, and Manic did too. Perhaps it’s unbecoming of me to say so but I can’t care anymore,’ Halsey concluded.
‘While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognized this year, I am hoping for more transparency and reform. But I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway.’
Both Elton John and Drake came to his defense of The Weeknd, with the latter saying the awards show ‘may no longer matter’.
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 31, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Price to pay? Halsey ended her social media post by suggesting that she will probably be blacklisted by The Grammys
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