American singer Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known professionally as Halsey on Saturday slammed the Grammy’s for being a ‘bribe’ centred event, and went as far as saying, getting a nomination is about ‘knowing the right people’.
Halsey became part of the list of latest artists who have gone after the academy, claiming its process of nomination is corrupted and involves taking bribes. Weeknd, Drake, Kid Cudi, Elton John, and a few other music artists have also shared their concerns.
According to Complex, Halsey, who didn’t receive a single nomination for her album Manic, alleged that the whole process is corrupted by behind-the-scenes politics and “bribes” that are just subtle enough to “not” be considered bribes.
“I’ve been thinking and wanted to choose my words carefully because a lot of people have extended sympathy and apology to me since the Grammy nominations,” she wrote in a post for her Instagram story, as captured by Variety.
“The Grammys are an elusive process. It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshakes and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as ‘not bribes.’ And if you get that far, it’s about committing to exclusive TV performances and making sure you help the Academy make their millions in advertising on the night of the show,” she explained.
Her response was prompted by Weeknd’s snub at the Grammy Awards, which many saw as unfair after the star wasn’t nominated.
The Weeknd recently in a social media post accused the Recording Academy of being “corrupt,” after he wasn’t nominated at the Grammy Awards. In response to these claims, interim Grammy chief Harvey Mason jr., insisted that the process is legitimate, and defended the voters who made the widely criticized decision.
“All the records get the fairest of fair shakes,” he said. “We listen to all the music — it’s a long, arduous process and people take pride in it. The people in that room care: there are no agendas in there, there’s no “let’s snub this person’ or that person. It’s about, ‘Let’s try and find excellence.’”
However, music artists like Halsey don’t believe Mason and consider the entire Grammy Awards nomination process a big fraud masked with bribes and back door corruption.
Halsey says the Grammys are corrupted by behind-the-scenes politics and “bribes”
Halsey continued to say that past winners weren’t always the beneficiaries of said corrupt deals, but after The Weeknd and her got snubbed from the nominations, she now believes the entire process is a fraud.
“Perhaps sometimes it is (!!!) but it’s not always about the music or quality or culture,” she continued. “Just wanted to get that off my chest. @theweeknd deserves better, and Manic did too [woman shrugging emoji] perhaps it’s unbecoming of me to say so but I can’t care anymore. While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognized this year, I am hoping for more transparency or reform. But I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway.”
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Apart from Halsey, artists like Drake, Kid Cudi, Elton John, and several others felt that the Weeknd was robbed out of his chance to win a Grammy last week, and came to his defence after he made his claims about them being shady.
None the less, there’s a shred of possibility that the Grammys are of course a bit influenced, however, there is yet evidence to prove otherwise and maybe some of the music artists just feel bad they didn’t win or weren’t nominated at all.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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