Elton John backs The Weeknd after he accuses Grammys of “corruption”
Elton John has come out to publically offer his support to The Weeknd after the Canadian artist — real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye — spoke out about his disbelief at not being nominated for any category at the 2021 Grammys.
The nominations for the 2021 Grammys have seen Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Billie Eilish receive the most inclusions. Meanwhile, Phoebe Bridgers had a night to remember as she was nominated for four awards. Fontaines D.C. received a much-deserved nomination for Best Rock Album with A Hero’s Death, as did Micheal Kiwanuka for Kiwanuka, but one person who isn’t celebrating is The Weeknd. The Canadian didn’t take long before venting frustration at the award’s ceremony, claiming corruption after he found himself being snubbed despite having the biggest song of the year and the highest-selling album in America for 2020.
In a message posted to social media, the musician blasted that the Grammys “remain corrupt” and that the organisation “owe me, my fans and the industry transparency”. The Grammys have since diplomatically responded: “We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathise with what he’s feeling,” the statement written by Recording Academy Chair Harvey Mason began.
“His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration. Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists. All Grammy nominees are recognised by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all.”
Now Elton John has waded into the debate in support of Tesfaye, The Rocketman posted the artwork to The Weeknd’s hit single ‘Blinding Lights’ to his official Instagram and revealing in the caption that he believes the track should be crowned Song Of The Year and that his album After Hours should win Record Of The Year at the Grammys.