R&B artist The Weeknd is chucking a bit of a ‘Donald Trump’ and claiming that the Grammy nominations process for this year is “corrupt”.
The story goes that The Weeknd – who has had a lot of music come out during the Covid lockdown – didn’t receive a single Grammy nomination this year, which he finds strange, saying it’s probably connected to the fact that the artist was originally expected to perform at the Grammys on January 31, as well as the Super Bowl the following week, but both plans went pear-shaped.
Grammy rep and Record Academy chief Harvey Mason, Jr said that he too was surprised The Weeknd didn’t receive any noms, but denies the negotiations around that situation – which sources say became contentious – had any role in The Weeknd’s absence from the Grammy nomination schedule.
Also this week, The Weeknd – real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – has been sporting bandages all over his face as though he has just come out of reconstruction surgery and/or been in a bad accident.
In fact, he’s propped up at a couple of other award shows, wearing them on stage while accepting awards.
With his head, jaw, and nose completely bandaged, the dude wasn’t injured, nor had he had plastic surgery. Instead, the makeup was to “raise awareness against drunk driving”.
Seriously, is this guy for real? He probably gets chauffeur driven everywhere he goes, so should he really be the spokesperson for the dangers of drunk-driving?