Definitely not “Pillowtalk.” Zayn Malik slammed the upcoming 63rd annual Grammy Awards, alluding that the ceremony is rigged.
“F**k the grammys and everyone associated,” the 28-year-old singer wrote on Twitter Tuesday, March, 9. “Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionery.”
Fuck the grammys and everyone associated. Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 9, 2021
The former One Direction singer’s latest album, Nobody Is Listening, was not eligible for consideration this award cycle because it was released in January, five months after the eligibility period ended on August 31 and two months after Grammy nominations were announced in November.
My tweet was not personal or about eligibility 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 netwokring politics to influence the voting process— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 10, 2021
Hours after his initial tweet, the father-of-one followed up with a second post, writing, "My tweet was not personal or about eligibility 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."
Malik is among many artists who have slammed the awards show, set to air on CBS on Sunday, March 14. The Weeknd, Halsey, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj have all called out the show after being snubbed.
As OK! previously reported, The Weeknd lashed out for being snubbed this year, despite the fact that he had an incredibly successful 2020. The singer’s latest album, After Hours, had two No. 1 hits — "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights" — but the 31-year-old didn’t receive a single Grammy nomination this year.
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency...— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
"The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…" The Weeknd tweeted in November. After his disappointing snub, the “Can’t Feel My Face” crooner went on to say that his past three Grammy wins “mean nothing” to him anymore, OK! reported.
"Look, I personally don't care anymore," he said. "It's not like, 'Oh, I want the Grammy! It's just that this happened, and I'm down to get in front of the fire, as long as it never happens again,” he added, noting that "I suck at giving speeches anyways. Forget awards shows."
The Grammy Awards are set to air on CBS Sunday, March 14, at 8 p.m. ET.