Shortly after The Weeknd called out the Grammys for being “corrupt”, Halsey has now come forward and accused the award show of being about “handshakes and bribes.”
The singer took to her Instagram stories today with a lengthy post about how the Grammy nomination process is more about “knowing the right people”, and less about the actual “music”.
Halsey’s album Manic was not nominated for a Grammy, and in the post said how many people extended sympathy for her 0 nominations.
“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 wrote on her Instagram story.
“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.
“@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.”
The Grammys have been called out recently, after a bunch of artists were snubbed from the 2021 nominations. One of those artists was The Weekend, with many people expressing their disappointment on social media (including the man himself).
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
The Weeknd’s album After Hours was heavily predicted to be in the nominations this year after its massive success worldwide and because of the critical acclaim it received.
However, it didn’t seem to be enough to be nominated, so the process is being called out by a number of celebrities like Ashton Irwin (5SOS) and Kid Cudi.
Seems like a familiar situation
— Ashton Irwin (@Ashton5SOS) November 26, 2020
Abel was robbed man this shits weak
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) November 24, 2020
Even Grammy nominated Drake spoke out on his Instagram story about how the once coveted award show has now lost its relevance.
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come before,” he wrote.
Forget grammar Nazis, this faceless industry are Grammy Nazis.