The Weeknd’s After Hours album was arguably probably the greatest albums of 2020, so you may think about my shock when he was rudely snubbed from this 12 months’s Grammys. The 30-year-old singer didn’t obtain a single Grammy nod, and even he was left dumbfounded.
In a current interview with Billboard, The Weeknd opened up about the “sucker punch” moment, saying it hit him “out of nowhere.” “I undoubtedly felt . . . I felt issues. I do not know if it was disappointment or anger. I believe it was simply confusion,” he defined. “I simply wished solutions. Like, ‘What occurred?’ We did every little thing proper, I believe. I am not a cocky particular person. I am not conceited. Individuals advised me I used to be going to get nominated. The world advised me. Like, ‘That is it; that is your 12 months.’ We had been all very confused.”
“The one actual reply is that within the final 61 years of the Grammys, solely 10 Black artists have received album of the 12 months.”
The Weeknd additionally identified the historical past of racism on the Grammys, and his staff made certain to notice that his music was submitted in six classes. “When you had been like, ‘Do you assume the Grammys are racist?’ I believe the one actual reply is that within the final 61 years of the Grammys, solely 10 Black artists have received album of the 12 months,” he mentioned. “I do not wish to make this about me. That is only a reality.”
Regardless of not receiving any nominations this 12 months, The Weeknd already has three Grammys. In 2016, he took residence finest R&B efficiency for “Earned It” and finest city modern album for Magnificence Behind the Insanity, and two years later, he received finest city modern album for Starboy. “Look, I personally do not care anymore,” The Weeknd mentioned. “I’ve three Grammys, which imply nothing to me now, clearly. It isn’t like, ‘Oh, I would like the Grammy!’ It is simply that this occurred, and I am right down to get in entrance of the hearth, so long as it by no means occurs once more.” He then added, “I suck at giving speeches in any case. Overlook awards reveals.”