The Weeknd Says He Planned Grammy Performance "For Weeks" Prior to Nomination Shutout

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After receiving zero nominations for his album 'After Hours' and single "Blinding Lights," the singer tweeted Wednesday: "In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!"

The Weeknd is continuing to fight back at the Recording Academy after not receiving any Grammy nominations for his most recent album, After Hours.

After being snubbed, the singer took to social media to criticize the Recording Academy for the omission. "The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..." he tweeted.

In a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter, Recording Academy chief Harvey Mason Jr. responded to The Weeknd's claims and expressed that he was also surprised and "can empathize with what he’s feeling." "His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration. We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before," Mason Jr. said.

He also added, "To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process. All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all."

In response, The Weeknd elaborated in a tweet Wednesday that he had been planning his Grammy performance "for weeks" before learning he received zero nominations.

"Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!" The Weeknd tweeted.

The singer's failure to receive a single nomination for his album and hit single "Blinding Lights" came as a surprise given the singer was  expected to be a big nominee for the upcoming ceremony. The Weeknd recently came off of big wins at the recent American Music Awards and was announced to headline the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show.

Other notable snubs for the 2021 Grammys included Harry Styles, BTS, and Luke Combs being shut out of major categories. The Chicks, Bob Dylan, Selena Gomez, Mac Miller and Pop Smoke also received no nominations.