The Weeknd alleges Grammys corruption after nominations snub


Since the nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday afternoon, the conversation among fans, pop critics, and industry insiders has circled around one notable absence: the Weeknd.

The Canadian pop star’s After Hours, released in March, was one of 2020’s biggest commercial success stories, with 1.8 billion streams to date, according to Alpha Data. Its second single, “Blinding Lights,” became a blockbuster with help from a popular TikTok dance trend, with 882 million streams. Despite those metrics — plus a high level of visibility on other awards shows and events including the upcoming Super Bowl, and a widespread expectation in the industry that he would be a favorite heading into next year’s awards — the Weeknd received zero nominations for the 2021 Grammys.

A source close to the situation alleges that the Weeknd’s shutout followed weeks of discussions about a possible performance at the January ceremony. “There were many conversations between the Grammys and the Weeknd team about his performance slated for the 2021 Grammys,” the source says. “There was an ultimatum given resulting in a struggle over him also playing the Super Bowl that went on for some time and was eventually agreed upon that he would perform at both events… [The Recording Academy] had all these convos with the Weeknd team in the past month, and today on November 24th, the Weeknd had not one nomination and is now completely ignored by the Grammys.”

Adds the same source: “This was the year that they were supposed to rise up. What is the process and where is the transparency?”

“We understand that the Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration,” Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. tells Rolling Stone in a statement.

“We would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before [the Super Bowl],” he adds. “Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists … To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process,” Mason Jr says. “All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all.”

The Recording Academy has faced persistent criticism in recent years for a lack of transparency in the awards process. After being ousted as leader in early 2020, former CEO Deborah Dugan accused the organization of corruption and a “boys’ club” mentality. (The academy repeatedly denied her allegations, but touted its efforts to grow and diversify the voting body.)

The Recording Academy’s treatment of black artists who make music outside of traditional genre categories has also been a source of tension. Earlier this year, Tyler, the Creator denounced the Best Urban Contemporary Album category — which the Weeknd has won twice in the past — as unfairly reductive, arguing that the word “urban” was “a politically correct way to say the n-word.” The Academy responded by changing the name of that category to Best Progressive R&B Album.

In an interview for the cover story of Rolling Stone‘s special Grammys preview issue in September, the Weeknd voiced a similar complaint about the way the category limits artists, regardless of its name. “It was peculiar,” the singer said. “Putting an album like Starboy and putting an album like Beauty Behind the Madness in the same category as some other artists, it’s not fair…. R&B and black music is such a wide variety. If they put us all into one category, I still think it’s not fair. We’ll see how it goes.”

Other artists were also surprised and displeased by the Weeknd’s snubbing. “Abel was robbed man this shits weak,” tweeted Kid Cudi. Elton John — who is listed as a cowriter on After Hours, since the Weeknd interpolates his 1970 classic “Your Song” on one of its tracks — weighed in on Instagram to say that he felt “Blinding Lights” deserved Record of the Year and Song of the Year consideration. Tinashe responded to a tweet about the Weeknd’s lack of nominations with a series of trash-can emojis.


Source: Rolling Stone

MTV EMA 2020 – Conoce los nominados


Los MTV EMA 2020 han desvelado hoy su lista completa de nominados. En el top 3 de artistas con más nominaciones encontramos a Lady Gaga (7 nominaciones) y Justin Bieber y BTS (empatados a 5 nominaciones). Los premios de la música europea entregados por MTV también han confirmado los 5 artistas que optarán a la distinción de Mejor Artista Español: Aitana, Carolina Durante, Don Patricio, Leiva y La La Love You.

La nueva edición de los MTV EMA se emitirá en todo el mundo el domingo 8 de noviembre de 2020. Puedes conocer la lista completa de nominados deslizándote hacia abajo.

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MTV EMA 2020 – Lista de nominados


La La Love You
Don Patricio
Carolina Durante

Billie Eilish – everything i wanted
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
DJ Khaled – POPSTAR ft Drake
Karol G – Tusa ft Nicki Minaj
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Taylor Swift – The Man
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Miley Cyrus
The Weeknd

BTS – Dynamite
DaBaby – Rockstar ft Roddy Ricch
Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Roddy Ricch – The Box
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez – Ice Cream
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
DaBaby – Rockstar ft. Roddy Ricch
Justin Bieber – Intentions ft Quavo
Karol G – Tusa ft Nicki Minaj
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Sam Smith, Demi Lovato – I’m Ready

Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Little Mix

5 Seconds of Summer
Chloe x Halle
Little Mix

Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Roddy Ricch

Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Karol G

Green Day
Liam Gallagher
Pearl Jam
Tame Impala
The Killers

Cardi B
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

FKA twigs
Hayley Williams
Machine Gun Kelly
The 1975
twenty one pilots

Anderson .Paak – Lockdown
David Guetta & Sia – Let’s love
Demi Lovato – I Love Me
H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe
Jorja Smith – By Any Means
Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

AJ Mitchell
Conan Gray
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Lil Tecca
Tate McRae

BTS – Map Of The Soul Concert Live Stream
J Balvin – Behind The Colores Live Experience
Katy Perry @ Tomorrow Land – Around The World
Little Mix – UNCancelled
Maluma – Papi Juancho Live
Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

MTV VMAs 2020: See The Full List of Nominees Here

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead the field, with Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Rosalía, and others getting nods
MTV VMAs trophy being held up by a hand.
Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images 

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are taking place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 30. Today, the full list of nominees has been revealed. Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead the field with nine nominations each. And the Video of the Year nominees are Billie Eilish, Eminem (featuring the late Juice WRLD), Future (featuring Drake), Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd. Check out the 2020 VMAs nominees below.This year’s ceremony marks the first time the VMAs have been hosted in Brooklyn since 2013. Due to social distancing regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the show will take place in front of “limited or no audience.”

There are also two new 2020 categories to reflect the pandemic: Best Music Video From Home and Best Quarantine Performance.

Video of the Year

Billie Eilish: “everything i wanted”
Eminem: “Godzilla” [ft. Juice WRLD]
Future: “Life Is Good” [ft. Drake]
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande: “Rain on Me”
Taylor Swift: “The Man”
The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights”

Artist of the Year

Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Post Malone
The Weeknd

Song of the Year

Billie Eilish: “everything i wanted”
Doja Cat: “Say So”
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande: “Rain on Me”
Megan Thee Stallion: “Savage”
Post Malone: “Circles”
Roddy Ricch: “The Box”

Best Collaboration

Ariana Grande / Justin Bieber: “Stuck with U”
Black Eyed Peas: “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)” [ft. J Balvin]
Ed Sheeran: “Beautiful People” [ft. Khalid]
Future: “Life Is Good” [ft. Drake]
KAROL G: “Tusa” [ft. Nicki Minaj]
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande: “Rain on Me”

PUSH Best New Artist, Presented by Chime Banking

Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Lewis Capaldi
Roddy Ricch
Tate McRae

Best Pop

Halsey: “You should be sad”
Jonas Brothers: “What a Man Gotta Do”
Justin Bieber: “Intentions” [ft. Quavo]
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande: “Rain on Me”
Taylor Swift: “Lover”

Best Hip-Hop

DaBaby: “BOP”
Eminem: “Godzilla” [ft. Juice WRLD]
Future: “Life Is Good” [ft. Drake]
Megan Thee Stallion: “Savage”
Roddy Ricch: “The Box”

Best Rock

blink-182: “Happy Days”
Coldplay: “Orphans”
Evanescence: “Wasted on You”
Fall Out Boy: “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” [ft. Wyclef Jean]
Green Day: “Oh Yeah!”
The Killers: “Caution”

Best Alternative

The 1975: “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
All Time Low: “Some Kind of Disaster”
FINNEAS: “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”
Lana Del Rey: “Doin’ time”
Machine Gun Kelly: “Bloody Valentine”
twenty one pilots: “Level of Concern”

Best Latin

Anuel: “China” [ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, KAROL G and J Balvin]
Bad Bunny: “Yo Perreo Sola”
Black Eyed Peas: “MAMACITA” [ft. Ozuna and J. Rey Soul]
KAROL G: “Tusa” [ft. Nicki Minaj]
Maluma: “Qué Pena” [ft. J Balvin]

Best R&B

Alicia Keys: “Underdog”
Chloe x Halle: “Do It”
H.E.R.: “Slide” [ft. YG]
Khalid: “Eleven” [ft. Summer Walker]
The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights”

Best K-Pop

(G)I-DLE: “Oh My God”
EXO: “Obsession”
Tomorrow X Together: “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”
Red Velvet: “Psycho”

Video for Good

Anderson .Paak: “Lockdown”
Billie Eilish: “all the good girls go to hell”
Demi Lovato: “I Love Me”
H.E.R.: “I Can’t Breathe”
Lil Baby: “The Bigger Picture”
Taylor Swift: “The Man”

Best Music Video From Home

5 Seconds of Summer: “Wildflower”
Ariana Grande / Justin Bieber: “Stuck with U”
blink-182: “Happy Days”
Drake: “Toosie Slide”
John Legend: “Bigger Love”
twenty one pilots: “Level of Concern”

Best Quarantine Performance

Chloe & Halle: “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-athon
CNCO: Unplugged at Home
DJ D-Nice: Club MTV presents #DanceTogether
John Legend: #togetherathome Concert Series
Lady Gaga: “Smile” from One World: Together at Home
Post Malone: Nirvana Tribute

Best Direction

Billie Eilish: “xanny” (dir. Billie Eilish)
Doja Cat: “Say So” (dir. Hannah Lux Davis)
Dua Lipa: “Don’t Start Now” (dir. Nabil)
Harry Styles: “Adore You” (dir. Dave Meyers)
Taylor Swift: “The Man” (dir. Taylor Swift)
The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights” (dir. Anton Tammi)

Best Cinematography

5 Seconds of Summer: “Old Me” (cinematography: Kieran Fowler)
Camila Cabello: “My Oh My” [ft. DaBaby] (cinematography: Dave Meyers)
Billie Eilish: “all the good girls go to hell” (cinematography: Christopher Probst)
Katy Perry: “Harleys in Hawaii” (cinematography: Arnau Valls)
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande: “Rain on Me” (cinematography: Thomas Kloss)
The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights” (cinematography: Oliver Millar)

Best Art Direction

A$AP Rocky: “Babushka Boi” (art direction: A$AP Rocky and Nadia Lee Cohen)
Dua Lipa: “Physical” (art direction: Anna Colomer Nogué)
Harry Styles: “Adore You” (art direction: Laura Ellis Cricks)
Miley Cyrus: “Mother’s Daughter” (art direction: Christian Stone )
Selena Gomez: “Boyfriend” (art direction: Tatiana Bianca van Sauter)
Taylor Swift: “Lover” (art direction: Ethan Tobman)

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish: “all the good girls go to hell” (visual effects: Drive Studios)
Demi Lovato: “I Love Me” (visual effects: Hoody FX)
Dua Lipa: “Physical” (visual effects: EIGHTY4)
Harry Styles: “Adore You” (visual effects: Mathematic)
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande: “Rain on Me” (visual effects: Ingenuity Studios)
Travis Scott: “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” (visual effects: Artjail, Scissor Films and Freenjoy)

Best Choreography

BTS: “ON” (choreography: Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun and Lee Byung Eun)
CNCO / Natti Natasha: “Honey Boo” (choreography: Kyle Hanagami)
DaBaby: “BOP” (choreography: Dani Leigh and Cherry)
Dua Lipa: “Physical” (choreography: Charm La’Donna)
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande: “Rain on Me” (choreography: Richy Jackson)
Normani: “Motivation” (choreography: Sean Bankhead)

Best Editing

Halsey: “Graveyard” (editing: Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)
James Blake: “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” (editing: Frank Lebon)
Lizzo: “Good as Hell” (editing: Russell Santos and Sofia Kerpan)
Miley Cyrus: “Mother’s Daughter” (editing: Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico)
Rosalía: “A Palé” (editing: Andre Jones)
The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights” (editing: Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)

In case you didn’t know: En los MTV Videos Awards ninguna categoría tendrá género


Por primera vez, la empresa no hará distinción entre hombres y mujeres para la entrega de los premios. La gala se llevará a cabo el próximo 27 de agosto en Los Ángeles, California.

Nominados «Artista del año»: Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd y Lorde. AFP

Artistas masculinos y femeninos se disputarán el premio al «Nuevo artista del año» en los próximos MTV Video Music Awards, ya que la cadena estadounidense ha decidido abandonar la última distinción de géneros que existía en sus categorías.La empresa anunció este martes en Instagram las nominaciones para los próximos premios, que serán entregados el 27 de agosto en Los Ángeles.

Por primera vez ninguna categoría hará distinción entre hombres y mujeres. MTV explicó que su rol es «romper» las barreras y que cuando suprimió todas las categorías de género en los MTV Movie y TV Awards de este año, hubo reacciones positivas.El rapero Kendrick Lamar lidera con ocho las candidaturas, entre ellas la de video del año por Humble, un clip donde ofrece una mirada irónica sobre la fama y en el que aparece vestido de papa y de Jesús en la última cena. Con cinco nominaciones le siguen Katy Perry con Chained to the Rythm y The Weeknd con Reminder.Cuatro hombres y dos mujeres están en liza para conquistar el título de artista del año: Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran,Ariana Grande y Lorde. La cadena también anunció la creación de la nueva categoría «Mejor combate contra el sistema», para premiar videos que «inspiren a los espectadores a movilizarse para combatir la injusticia».

Los primeros aspirantes son John Legend con Surefire, que aborda el sentimiento anti-inmigrante y anti-musulmán en Estados Unidos, e Immigrants: We Get the Job Done de la comedia musical de gran éxito «Hamilton».Compiten también en esta nueva categoría Black SpiderMan del rapero Logic, Light de Big Sean, ambas sobre la discriminación racial, Scars to your Beautiful, de Alessia Cara sobre la imagen de uno mismo y Stand Up/ Stand N Rock #NoDAPL del rapero y miembro de los Black Eyed Peas, Taboo, contra el oleoducto Dakota Access.

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Por lo general, la ceremonia de entrega de los premios es un pretexto para el espectáculo y, también, para la excentridad en la alfombra roja: Lady Gaga vestida con un vestido de carne cruda, Madonna besando a Britney Spears en el escenario o Beyoncé desvelando su vientre de embarazada de su primer hijo con Jay Z.




Find the latest BET Awards 2017


Bruno Mars has five noms, while Beyonce and sister Solange will compete head-to-head in three categories.

Beyonce leads the list of nominees for the 2017 BET Awards, airing live Sunday, June 25, from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.Bruno Mars follows Beyonce with five nominations, followed by Chance the Rapper, Solange (who also happens to be Beyonce’s sister) and Migos with four apiece.

Beyonce is up for album of the year for Lemonade, where she will vie with Bruno Mars for24K Magic, J. Cole for 4 Your Eyez Only, Solange for A Seat at the Table and Chance the Rapper for Coloring Book.

Beyonce and Solange also will compete in the category of best female R&B/pop artist and video of the year. A total of 19 awards will be handed out to artists, entertainers and athletes. Nominations are chosen by BET’s Voting Academy, which consists of individuals working in television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations and the creative arts.

A complete list of nominees follows.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist




Mary J. Blige




Best Male R&B/Pop Artist



Bruno Mars

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Trey Songz



Best Group


2 Chainz & Lil Wayne

A Tribe Called Quest

Fat Joe & Remy Ma


Rae Sremmurd


Best Collaboration


Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar – Freedom

Chance The Rapper Ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – No Problem

Chris Brown Ft. Gucci Mane & Usher – Party

Dj Khaled Ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z – Shining

Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles


Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean

Chance The Rapper



J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar


Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B

Missy Elliott

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Young M.A.


Video Of The Year


Beyoncé – Sorry

Big Sean – Bounce Back

Bruno Mars   – 24k Magic

Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Solange – Cranes In The Sky

Video Director Of The Year


Benny Boom – Kehlani “Crzy”

Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia – Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”

Director X – Zayn Malik “Like I Would”

Hype Williams – Tyga “Gucci Snakes Ft. Desiigner”

Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – Beyoncé “Sorry”


Best New Artist

21 Savage

Cardi B

Chance The Rapper


Young M.A.


Album Of The Year

24k Magic – Bruno Mars

4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole

A Seat At The Table – Solange

Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper

Lemonade – Beyoncé


Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award


Cece Winans – Never Have To Be Alone

Fantasia Ft. Tye Tribbett – I Made It

Kirk Franklin Ft. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs & Tamela Mann – My World Needs You

Lecrae – Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)

Tamela Mann – God Provides


Best Actress


Gabrielle Union

Issa Rae

Janelle Monáe

Taraji P. Henson

Viola Davis


Best Actor


Bryshere Y. Gray

Denzel Washington

Donald Glover

Mahershala Ali

Omari Hardwick


Youngstars Award


Ace Hunter

Caleb Mclaughlin

Jaden Smith

Marsai Martin

Yara Shahidi


Best Movie


Get Out!

Hidden Figures


The Birth Of A Nation


Sportswoman Of The Year Award

Gabby Douglas

Serena Williams

Simone Biles

Skylar Diggins

Venus Williams


Sportsman Of The Year Award

Cam Newton

Lebron James

Odell Beckham Jr.

Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry


Centric Award

Fantasia – Sleeping With The One I Love

Kehlani – Distraction

Mary J. Blige – Thick Of It

Solange – Cranes In The Sky

Syd – All About Me

Yuna – Crush Ft. Usher


Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Beyoncé – Sorry

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

Drake – Fake Love

Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles

The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk – Starboy


Best International Act: Europe

Booba (France)

Mhd (France)

Craig David (U.K.)

Emeli Sande (U.K.)

Giggs (U.K.)

Skepta (U.K.)

Stormzy (U.K.)

Wiley (U.K.)


Best International Act: Africa

Aka (South Africa)

Babes Wodumo (South Africa)

Davido (Nigeria)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Tekno (Nigeria)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Mr Eazi (Nigeria)


 This article was originally published by Billboard

8 Things You Didn’t See on TV at The MTV Movie & TV Awards


The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards delivered quite a show, filled with teary acceptance speeches, high-energy performances and moving tributes — but there was a whole lot going on inside the Shrine Theater that the cameras didn’t catch.

From heartwarming family moments to secret kisses, here’s what you didn’t see on TV:

Dressed to Impress 

Jane the Virgin star Brett Dier brought his A-game to the event, sporting an amazing Pac-Man suit on the red carpet.

attends the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Zendaya, who impersonated Bruno Mars on this week’s episode of Lip Sync Battle, brought the boogie before the show even started, dancing in her seat to Mars’ hit «24K Magic» alongside Tom Holland and the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming.



Golf Clap

Emma Watson delivered a moving speech as she accepted the night’s first gender neutral award for Best Actor in a Movie for her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Though the real Beast, Dan Stevens, was MIA for the event, host Adam DeVine (wearing a full Beast costume) kindly stepped in — and stood up — applauding Watson with golf claps while standing on tables in the audience.



New Couple Alert?

Baywatch co-stars Alexandra Daddario and Zac Efron kept it casual while presenting the award for Best Actor in a Show. When the lights went down, however, Efron sweetly grabbed Daddario’s hand and kissed it — in a move that had an eyewitness believing the two might be an item.


This article originally appeared on ET Online


2017 Kids’ Choice Awards: Photos