The Weeknd describes Grammys snub as a 'sucker punch': 'It just kind of hit me out of nowhere'

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  • The Weeknd has opened up about his Grammys snub in an interview with Billboard.
  • The Blinding Lights singer describes not being nominated as a "sucker punch".
  • "I definitely felt ... I felt things. I don't know if it was sadness or anger. I think it was just confusion. I just wanted answers," he says.


The Weeknd has opened up in an interview with Billboard, touching on his Grammys snub, and what that moment made him feel like.

After not receiving a single nomination for his critically-acclaimed After Hours album at the 2021 Grammy Awards, The Weeknd took to Twitter, calling the event "corrupt"

Now, speaking with Billboard, he describes the snub as "a sucker punch".

"Because it just kind of hit me out of nowhere. I definitely felt ... I felt things. I don't know if it was sadness or anger. I think it was just confusion. I just wanted answers. Like, 'What happened?' We did everything right, I think. I'm not a cocky person. I'm not arrogant. People told me I was going to get nominated. The world told me. Like, 'This is it; this is your year.' We were all very confused," he tells the publication.

After having a couple of months to process the situation, The Weeknd says he personally does not care anymore. "I have three Grammys, which mean nothing to me now, obviously. 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."

"I suck at giving speeches anyways," he says, adding: "Forget awards shows."

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The Weeknd was not the only star who was not happy with the Grammys. Halsey also spoke out about her Grammys snub, while Justin Bieber claimed he was nominated in the wrong category.

The award show was originally meant to take place on 31 January but has now been moved to 14 March.

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee

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