The Weeknd and other stars who have criticized the Grammys

Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, sticks it to the Grammys by trending on Twitter the same night

Stars Insider

04/04/22 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Grammy awards

Major awards shows are typically based upon a few people deciding which of the plethora of creatives are worth validation that year—a premise that leaves a huge amount of room for conflict.

The Grammys specifically have been an increasingly controversial event as artists begin to question the lack of transparency in the nomination process, as well as the discrimination that has become evident in many shapes and forms. Since the choice of winners was left up to the academy, the results didn't necessarily align with public opinion, and even as they have shifted away from small, anonymous review committees, many artists are still skeptical of the awards. Musicians of color in particular have noted the lack of diversity at the Grammys and the yearly snubs of Black artists. 

The Weeknd, AKA Abel Tesfaye, has been one of the loudest voices of criticism and even announced that he would no longer be submitting his music to the famed awards show. He was not present at the 2022 ceremony, even though he and fellow absentee Kanye "Ye" West picked up the Best Melodic Rap Performance award for their collab on the 'Donda' track 'Hurricane.'  But Tesfaye was very present on Twitter Sunday night, replying to trolls and sharing stills from his upcoming music video for 'Out of Time.' After intentionally stirring up fans tweets, the singer even retweeted a fan that said "'Weeknd,' 'Dawn FM', 'Trilogy', 'After Hours', 'Abel', 'Out of Time', 'After Life', 'Starboy' & 'Kiss Land' are all trending," and wrote back, "wow what a day … today belongs to us." Coincidence? We think not. 

Click through to see which other musicians have had more than a few choice words for the Grammys.

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