Halsey is speaking out against the Grammy Awards after she and The Weeknd were snubbed from this year’s list of nominations.
On Saturday, the 26-year-old singer shared a statement on her Instagram Story, claiming that earning a nomination from the Recording Academy takes “knowing the right people.”
“I’ve been thinking and wanted to choose my words carefully because a lot of people have extended sympathy and apology to me since the Grammy nominations,” she wrote. “The Grammys are an elusive process. It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshakes and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as ‘not-bribes.'”
“And if you get that far, it’s about committing to exclusive TV performances and making sure you help the Academy make their millions in advertising on the night of the show,” Halsey continued.
The “Bad at Love” singer added, “Perhaps sometimes it is (!!) but it’s not always about the music or quality or culture. Just wanted to get that off my chest. [The Weeknd] deserves better, and Manic did too, perhaps it’s unbecoming of me to say so but I can’t care anymore.”
Halsey, who was nominated twice in 2016, said that while she is “thrilled” for all of this year’s nominees, she is “hoping for more transparency or reform” in the future.
“But I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway,” she said.
The 2021 Grammy nominations were released last week, with many people shocked over some of the artists who were left off the list. In addition to Halsey and The Weeknd, fans were surprised to see Selena Gomez and Katy Perry overlooked.
People really aren’t happy with The Grammys this year — but doesn’t it seem that way every year?