Zayn Malik slam the Grammys over nominations process

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Ahead of the Grammy awards this weekend, Zayn Malik has taken to Twitter to slam the way the nominations are selected.

Back in November 2020 when the nominations were announced, there was some furore from The Weeknd over his lack of nods, despite having one of the best-selling albums of the year, After Hours.

Now, ex-One Direction singer Zayn has hit out at the Recording Academy awards in a similar way, alleging the categories aren't selected fairly.

Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

In two tweets, the 28-year-old wrote:

"F*** the Grammys and everyone associated. Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.

"My tweet was not personal or about eligibility but was about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process and the space that creates and allows favouritism, racism, and networking politics to influence the voting process."

So far, the Grammys haven't responded to Zayn's accusations, but it was a similar sentiment to that alleged by The Weeknd back in November. He wrote, "The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..."

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At the time, Grammys boss chief Harvey Mason, Jr. issued a lengthy statement responding to his claims, explaining his side of the situation. "We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated," he said. "I was surprised and can empathise 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."

He went on, "Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists. But as the only peer-voted music award, we will continue to recognise and celebrate excellence in music while shining a light on the many amazing artists that make up our global community. All Grammy nominees are recognised by the voting body for their excellence and we congratulate them all."

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2020 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2020 - Getty Images

Justin Bieber is also amongst those who has criticised this year's Grammys line up, arguing that his album Changes should be in the R&B category, not pop.

The Grammys Recording Academy describes the nomination process as follows: "Members and record companies submit entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The Academy's voting members, all involved in the creative and technical processes of recording, then participate in (1) the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category; and (2) the final voting process which determines the GRAMMY winners."

Sounds complex.

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