The Weeknd has broken his silence.
On Tuesday night, the XO singer took to Twitter to address his shocking Grammy Awards shutout. The Weeknd made an accusation of corruption, and then called on the Recording Academy to be more transparent in their process, suggesting there unknown factors that led to his After Hours snub.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he wrote. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”
The fact that After Hours—a chart-topping, critically acclaimed project—failed to secure a single nomination left many fans confused and frustrated. However, the Recording Academy’s interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. insisted there was no hidden agenda, and said the votes for After Hours simply weren’t there.
“For The Weeknd, in every year you only have a certain amount of people you can nominate for each category,” he told Variety following the nomination announcements. “… There, there’s no ‘let’s snub this person’ or that person. It’s about. ‘Let’s try and find excellence.’ Also, you have to remember that committee can’t vote on something that’s not there.”
This story is being updated.