Zayn Malik and other stars who have criticized the Grammys

The former One Direction singer sends scathing message to the award show: "F—k the grammys"

Stars Insider

10/03/21 | 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 is left up to the academy, the results don’t necessarily align with public opinion, and sometimes that can shine a light on underserved artists, but other times it can seem completely undeserved for the snubbed artists.

And beyond the nominations and awards, the show has also stirred controversy through the heavy hand with which they deal with artists slated to perform, as well as through racist and misogynistic blame games they've often played with artists. 

Most recently, former One Direction member Zayn Malik has aired his frustrations about the award show. “F–k the grammys and everyone associated. Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations,” an enraged Malik tweeted on March 9. “Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.”

The singer's album 'Nobody Is Listening' didn't receive a single nod at the 2021 Grammys, joining a surprising list of snubbed artists. 

Ready to dive in? Click on to see the musicians who have more than a few choice words for the Grammys.

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