Zayn Malik took to his Twitter handle to slam the Recording Academy, almost after four months of the announcement of the 2021 nominations.
“F*** the grammys and everyone associated,” he wrote on Twitter. “Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.”
The reason for Zayn’s outburst is still however not known. None of his albums and songs were eligible for consideration for the 2021 Grammys. His sophomore album, “Icarus Falls” was released in December 2018 which would have made it eligible for 2020 Grammys, and his third album “Nobody is Listening” was released in January 2021, which makes it eligible for next years Grammys.
Malik’s song “Better,” the lead single for “Nobody Is Listening,” was released on September 25, 2020 and also falls outside of the eligibility period, which ended on August 31, 2020.
Zayn’s tweet against the Grammys seemed to have stirred up the internet, with various fans coming in to support him. There were also a lot of Twitter users are calling him out for being “petty” and “not good enough”, since his ex band-mate Harry Styles got three nominations this year, and they think that Zayn is being jealous of Syles. However, Zayn fans defended him, saying that nowhere in his tweets did he mention Harry, and was only calling out the Grammys for being unfair and corrupt.
“There are many people who have been working so hard and still has had nothing. Zayn has every right to speak out. He had one of the number one songs in 2018. did he get anything then? No. Anything now? No. Zayn has also never made one bad song. Also, it’s not just him.”, wrote one fan.
“He’s saying this on behalf of the industry and it really needs to be called out. Also don’t say that he hasn’t performed because he has anxiety and it’s hard for him, so next time be less disrespectful.”, said another.
Zayn is not the first artist to speak ill of the Grammys, as other artists including The Weeknd, Halsey and Nicki Minaj have spoken up against them, accusing them of being ‘corrupt’ and taking ‘bribes’.
“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,'” Halsey wrote on her Instagram story. “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,” she continued.
“Perhaps sometimes it is (!!!) but it’s not always about the music or quality or culture.”
The Weeknd had also tweeted against the Grammys, saying: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..”