Halsey Says Earning a Grammy Nomination Depends on an Artist "Knowing The Right People"

Starr Bowenbank
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Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • The Recording Academy released the list of 2021 Grammy nominations today.

  • Some celebs and fans are upset, with many believing their faves were "robbed," especially one particularly glaring omission.

Update, November 30:

It's been almost a whole week since the Grammy nominations came out, but people are still talking about it, if you can believe. Because Halsey's fans felt annoyed that the Recording Academy snubbed her too, she hopped on her Instagram Stories to make a statement about the matter and p much said that "knowing the right people" is the only way to be recognized by the academy.

She wrote:

"I've been thinking and wanted to choose my words carefully because a lot of people have extended sympathy and apology to me since the Grammy nominations.

The Grammys are an elusive process. 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.' 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

Perhaps sometimes it is (!!) but it's not always about the music or quality or culture. Just wanted to get that off my chest. [The Weeknd] deserves better, and Manic did too, perhaps it's unbecoming of me to say so but I can't care anymore. While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognized this year, I am hoping for more transparency or reform. But I'm sure this post will blacklist me anyway."

Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

@Grammys, the ball's in your court!

Original Story:

It's time to buckle TF up because the 2021 Grammy Award nominations are officially out, and everyone and their mother has something to say about their [insert fave] who got snubbed by the Recording Academy for [insert specific category here]. And to make things even ~juicier~, celeb musicians are now chiming in on Twitter to tell their fans/the Academy how they really feel. What a time to be alive!

The biggest snub by far has to go to The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye). Despite him selling 3.1 million units of his critically acclaimed album, After Hours, spending several successful weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and being so dedicated to his art that he sported literal bloody noses and face bandages during performances and public appearances, he did not earn a single nomination. Not even in the pop categories, where he was not only expected to net nominations, but was also expected to eventually win.

Fans of Abel's suggested that one of his After Hours tracks should have been nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance category instead of Justin Bieber's "Yummy." But hilariously enough, Justin had a problem with the nom too, stating that he disagreed with his category placement entirely.

On Instagram, Justin wrote:

"Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me....For this not to be put into that category feels weird considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style all the way down to the hip hop drums that were chosen it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B Album!"

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj took a moment to reflect on how she was #robbed for Best New Artist seven years ago, despite experiencing major success at the time. "Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday," she wrote.

Teyana Taylor also hopped on Twitter to rightfully point out that only men were nominated in the Best R&B Album category, when TBH, her recent album (titled The Album) had massive bops.

After other fans argued both Hayley Williams (of Paramore) and Rina Sawayama weren't given their Grammys due, both women shared that they aren't phased by it this time around—they're both just happy making music and seeing their peers excel.

Other fandoms that were pissed to not see their faves make it out of the process with more 2021 nominations? BTS' Army, BLACKPINK's Blinks, Charli XCX's Angels, Miley Cyrus' Smilers, Halsey's fans, Harry Styles' fans (despite his nominations), and so much more.

That leaves me with one major question:

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