“@recordingacad are moving in inches and we need to move in miles,” Zayn tweeted just ahead of the awards show on Sunday (March 14). “I’m keeping the pressure on & fighting for transparency & inclusion. We need to make sure we are honoring and celebrating ‘creative excellence’ of ALL. End the secret committees. Until then … #f—thegrammys.”
Billboard has reached out to the Recording Academy for comment.
Earlier in the week, he criticized the Grammys over its voting process, tweeting “f— the grammys” and claiming that “unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations.” (See the Recording Academy explain the Grammy Award voting process here.)
Zayn — who has yet to receive a Grammy nomination, either as part of One Direction or for his individual work, and whose most Nobody Is Listening album was not eligible for this year’s awards due to its Jan. 15, 2021 release date — said this week that his comments were “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.”
The 2021 Grammy Awards aired live on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS, Paramount+ and Grammy.com.
.@recordingacad are moving in inches and we need to move in miles. I’m keeping the pressure on & fighting for transparency & inclusion. We need to make sure we are honoring and celebrating “creative excellence” of ALL. End the secret committees. Until then … #fuckthegrammys
— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 14, 2021