This seemed like it was going to be The Weeknd's year at the Grammys.
He had a huge hit album with After Hours and a huge hit single with 'Blinding Lights'.
Despite his critical and commercial success, he got exactly zero nominations. Beyonce somehow got nine despite not putting out an album this year.
According to TMZ, The Weeknd's decision to headline the Super Bowl may have cost him at the Grammys.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us The Weeknd's team was in talks for weeks with Grammy brass, who issued the ultimatum -- us or Super Bowl LV. We're told both sides eventually came to an agreement where Abel could do both, but not without negotiations getting very testy.
Our sources say there's growing suspicion Abel's decision to perform at this year's Super Bowl cost him Grammy noms because the bitter back-and-forth talks pissed off Grammy honchos.
The Weeknd ripped the recording academy for the snub:
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency...— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
"The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency...," he typed.