Zayn Malik SLAMS The Grammys For ‘Racism’ On Twitter
Former One Direction star Zayn Malik had a few things to say about the Grammys ahead of this weekend’s ceremony. The star shared a strongly worded tweet about how the Recording Academy nominates people.
Zayn later followed his tweet up to clarify what he was trying to say. Read on to find out what Zayn thinks about music’s biggest awards show.
Zayn Malik Slams The Grammys On Twitter
“Fuck the grammys and everyone associated,” Zayn tweeted on Tuesday. “Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.”
At first, this sounded like it might come from personal disappointment over not being nominated. As Hollywood Life points out, Zayn’s album Nobody Is Listening wasn’t eligible for this year’s awards, since it was released in January.
Zayn has never been nominated for a Grammy, despite having released three studio albums. He also was never nominated with One Direction at the awards.
The singer later clarified his original remarks in a follow-up tweet. “My tweet was not personal or about eligibility,” he wrote, “but was about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process and the space that creates and allows favoritism, racism, and [networking] politics to influence the voting process.”
The Weeknd Has Also Criticized The Grammys
Zayn isn’t the only artist to take issue with the Grammys in recent months. The Weeknd was also snubbed in this year’s nominations, and took to Twitter in November to share his thoughts.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he wrote. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.” He later added that he had been planning a performance for weeks before finding out he wasn’t nominated.
Fans also believe The Weeknd was dissing the Grammys in his “Save Your Tears” music video earlier this year, in which he can be seen throwing away a gold trophy.
The 2021 Grammys will air Sunday, March 14, at 8 pm ET on CBS.