US singer Halsey is the latest artist to criticise the Grammys after the 2021 nominations for the awards show were announced last week. While artists like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa led the nomination field, many pointed out the artists strangely absent from the list (The Daily Beast didn't hold back; calling the nominations a total disaster).
And while we couldn't help but have a slight raised eyebrow at The Weeknd's dramatic response to the snub ("the grammys remain corrupt", he tweeted), discontent with the awards show in the industry definitely seems to run deep.
"The Grammys are an elusive process," singer Halsey wrote in an Instagram story. "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,' she continued.
"[The Weeknd] deserves better, and [my album] 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 and reform. But I'm sure this post will blacklist me anyway."
Drake, who has criticised The Grammys in the past, also threw his support behind The Weeknd. "I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards," Drake added, also in an Instagram story.
"It's like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can't change their ways."
The Grammys will broadcast live in the US on January 31st, 2021. Check out all the nominations here.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank