The 2021 Grammy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday (Nov. 24), with Beyonce leading the way with nine nods, followed by Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch with six apiece. Notable snubs included The Weeknd, Halsey and Selena Gomez — all of whom had out major albums that sported Billboard Hot 100-topping singles.
“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,” Halsey wrote in her Instagram Stories on Saturday (Nov. 28).
The 26-year-old pop star’s exclusion from the 2021 Grammy nominations came as a surprise to many, given that her recent album, Manic, featured the hit song “Without Me,” which reached No. 1 on the Hot 100.
To date, the singer has not been nominated in a Big Four (album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist) category at the Grammys. She has received just two Grammy nominations to date, both four years ago. The singer was nominated for best pop duo/group performance for “Closer,” her megahit collab with The Chainsmokers, and album of the year as a featured artist on Justin Bieber‘s Closer.
“The Grammys are an elusive process,” Halsey continued in her post. “It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshake and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as ‘not bribes.'”
She added that many politics go into receiving a Grammy nomination, including “committing to exclusive TV performances” that help the Recording Academy earn “millions in advertising on the night of the show.”
“It’s not always about the music or quality or culture,” she wrote. “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.”