The Weeknd Grammy Snub


Nolan Brown, Sports Editor

Despite the acclaims and renown of the Grammys, to longtime watchers and music lovers alike, it is no secret that snubs are common, and almost inevitable. Most notably in 2014 when albums like Drake’s ‘Nothing was the Same’ and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ were both deprived of rap album of the year, and again in 2018 when Travis Scott’s wildly successful ‘Astroworld’ fell short to Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’. However, this years loss faced far more scrutiny that ever before. When it was announced that Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye had received zero nominations, fans and fellow artists alike flocked to social media to show their disappointment. With the release of his hit track ‘Blinding Lights’ last November, it was widely believed to be the undisputed song of the year, spending 40 consecutive weeks in the Billboard top 100, with an astounding 4.5 billion global streams. The song was the lead single off of Weeknd’s 6th studio album, ‘After Hours’ which was also submitted, and denied, as album of the year. Following the announcement of his soon to be Super Bowl performance in January, it was speculated that the committee gave Tesfaye an ultimatum, to perform at the Grammy’s or the Super Bowl, and after harsh negotiations between parties, he chose the latter. Fans satisfaction with the academy has grown evermore slim, but regardless of the frustration, no award can truly encapsulate the influence and meaningfulness of any body of art.