As most of you know, the Weeknd performed at the Superbowl. And as most of you also know, the R&B artist felt very strongly about being snubbed by the Grammys. When he was shut out from the 2021 Grammy Awards, he said that his three existing Grammys don’t mean anything. Many critics and fans agreed that “After Hours”, his album of 2020, was a massive commercial success. Especially “Blinding Lights,” which remained on the Top 10 charts for a whopping 43 weeks.
According to many, the snub came after issues arose over Abel performing at both the Grammys and the Super Bowl. On social media, he wrote, “Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!”
He also went on to blatantly call the Grammys racist, citing that in the past 61 years, only 10 Black artists have earned album of the year. In that way, the Weeknd’s fight isn’t just for him, it’s a fight for representation.
The whole scenario has made him give up on award shows — they’ve lost their shine. Still, he managed to get his revenge by performing at the Superbowl and throwing a ton of shade at the award show — in his elaborate performance. He promised an unforgettable halftime performance after the scandal. We got what he promised, and more, sparking plenty of memes after the show.