The GRAMMYs Worst Snub Yet


Noah Falk, Editor in Chief

The Grammys returned to raise controversy again this year with questionable nominations that had social media rolling.

Announced November 24th, the annual music awards’ show list of possible winners featured familiar names.  Chart-topping artists and records dominated the major categories such as “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist”.

As expected, the social media response to this year’s Grammy nominations drew controversy and superfan-outrage.  One notable name missing from any mention by the Academy was none other than Abel Tesfaye — AKA The Weeknd.

Despite breaking records and releasing one of the most commercially successful albums of the year in “After Hours”, the Canadian R&B sensation earned zero nods by the Academy ahead of the show.  The Weeknd’s hit single “Blinding Lights” is the longest running song to remain in the Top 5 of the esteemed Billboard Hot 100.  “After Hours” sold 275,000 copies and was streamed 221 million times in the first week of its release alone (New York Times reported).

The plot thickened as Tesfaye took to Twitter following the nominations being revealed, claiming, “The Grammys remain corrupt.  You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency.”  The tweet has since gathered over 1.1 million likes and 327 thousand retweets.

TMZ broke a story almost immediately describing the possible turmoil between the Academy and Tesfaye concerning his upcoming Super Bowl performance. There also had been a potential deal to perform at the Grammys as well, on certain undisclosed conditions that may have fallen through.

The Grammys are scheduled for Jan. 31st, and will be hosted by late night talk show host Trevor Noah.