10 Mar 2021: Zayn Malik slams Grammys; 'No nomination unless you shake hands'
English singer and songwriter Zayn Malik lashed out at the Grammys Awards for allegedly being corrupt.
He claimed that the Grammys are rigged and you can't win any nominations "unless you shake hands."
"F*** the Grammys and everyone associated. Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there's no nomination considerations. Next year I'll send you a basket of confectionery," the crooner tweeted.
Claims: 'Nomination process at Grammys is not inclusive and lacks transparency'
After six hours, a follow-up tweet posted by the Nobody Is Listening creator clarified that his outburst "was not personal" or "about eligibility."
Rather, it "was about the need for inclusion" and that it should be free of "networking politics."
"The nomination process at Grammys Awards isn't inclusive...lacks transparency," he added.
His rep didn't respond to queries about the reason behind his outburst.
Fact: My tweet was not personal or about eligibility, says Malik
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Notably, none of Malik's albums were even eligible for this year's Grammys, but The Weeknd's was.
The After Hours hitmaker, who got zero nominations, had tweeted, "The Grammys remain corrupt."
The snub faced by him is shocking, especially because his monstrous hit, Blinding Lights, released last year, is the first to remain at Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for a full year.
Fact: Hoping for more transparency or reform, Halsey had tweeted
Halsey, who also delivered a critically-acclaimed album, was left out of the Grammys' nomination list. The upset singer had accused the Recording Academy of taking "bribe." She had tweeted, "You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency. I'm hoping for more transparency or reform."
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Meanwhile, Beyonce leads the nomination for this year's Grammys Awards with nine nods.
This will be the 63rd year of the Grammys and it is scheduled to air live on March 14, 2021.
Due to pandemic restrictions this year's ceremony will be socially distanced and artists such as Taylor Swift, BTS, Harry Styles, Cardi B, Billie Eilish, and more will be performing.
Fact: Here's the full line-up of performances for Grammys 2021