It’s been a little less than a month since Trevor Noah was named the host of the 2021 Grammy Awards and nominations for the annual event were announced, but artists are still perplexed about their omission from nods and overall invitations to music’s biggest night. On Sunday (Dec. 20), Lil Wayne became the latest artist to question the process behind the Recording Academy’s decisions.
In a brief Twitter rant, the “Money on My Mind” rapper revealed that he was neither “involved nor invited” to the Grammys and questioned whether his exclusion from the event meant he was not deserving of any recognition.
“As an artist, when I see da Grammys coming up & I’m not involved nor invited, I wonder. Is it me, my musik or just another technicality? I look around w respect & wonder competitively am I not worthy?!” he asked. “Then, I look around & see 5 Grammys looking back at me & I go to the studio.”
As REVOLT reported, after the Recording Academy’s announced the nominees of the 2021 Grammy Awards, many artists felt slighted as their hard work and praised music failed to earn them any Grammy nods. Among those who believe they were snubbed was The Weeknd, who received no nominations despite the success of his single “Blinding Lights” — which broke the record for the most weeks spent atop Billboard’s top 10 chart.
“Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!” the singer previously wrote.
Drake subsequently took to Instagram to show love to his fellow Toronto native and all the other artists he believed were deserving of nominations, and he suggested that people begin to accept the reality that the Grammys “may no longer matter.”
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music, and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists [who] exist now and the ones [who] come after,” he penned. “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up, but they just can’t change their ways.”
“This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come,” Drake continued.
As an artist, when I see da Grammys coming up & I’m not involved nor invited; I wonder. Is it me , my musik, or just another technicality? I look around w respect & wonder competitively am I not worthy?! Then I look around & see 5 Grammys looking bak at me & I go to the studio.— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 20, 2020