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    Exclusive – The Weeknd Got Grammy Ultimatum: Us or Super Bowl… Prior to Nomination Snub

    The Weeknd was faced with a tough choice — perform the Grammys or the Super Bowl — but hammering out a deal to do both could’ve cost him Grammy nominations.

    Sources familiar with the situation tell us The Weeknd’s team was in talks for weeks with Grammy brass, who issued the ultimatum — us or Super Bowl LV. We’re told both sides eventually came to an agreement where Abel could do both, but not without negotiations getting very testy.

    Our sources say there’s growing suspicion Abel’s decision to perform at this year’s Super Bowl cost him Grammy noms because the bitter back-and-forth talks pissed off Grammy honchos.

    It’s unclear why the Grammys would play such hardball in trying to exclusively book him for their airwaves. It might be fear of duplicate performances, as CBS is airing the award show AND the game one week apart in February. Still, our sources tell us Abel and co. feel the dispute might have something to do with his exclusion.

    Abel wasn’t the only one who fans felt got cheated this year, voicing outrage Pop Smoke, Roddy Rich and Lil Baby — all Black hip-hop artists — didn’t receive more nominations.

    If The Weeknd does decide to stick to the deal and perform at both events — it would be a huge achievement for any artist.

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    Honey, this is believable.  The Weeknd NOT getting a single nomination is a kii.

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    That’s disgusting. Perform the hell out of the halftime show, Abel! 100+ million eyes will mean far more to his bottom line than some useless Grammy.

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    Don’t believe this one bit. Even if this were the case, he still got less votes than “Yummy” in a popular vote. The Weeknd and his team should just take the L.

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    From @theweeknd via Twitter:

    The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…

    4:29pm • 11/24/20

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    I never listen to tmz cuz 99 percent of the time they are pulling stuff out of their behinds so no not buying it

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    How much did The Weeknd’s team pay TMZ to run this lie?

    If Abel demands a recount 💀

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    I just find this hard to believe, so soon after the Dugan mess.

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    The complete lack of nominations for Abel and After Hours were shocking because of his critical and commercial reception. Blinding Lights is still in the top 5 after nearly a full year on the charts. I’m not sure if I fully buy a full-blown conspiracy, but I have recently had more issues with the Grammys. I would be less inclined to believe in something suspect if he would have at least received a few nominations in the pop categories. Yummy? WTF? Some of the nominations just seemed so random or highly questionably. The Grammys remain my least favorite of the EGOT, which is a shame because I love music.

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    How much did The Weeknd’s team pay TMZ to run this lie?

    If Abel demands a recount 💀

    . I’ve lost a lot of respect for The Weeknd now tbh. Like just accept that you weren’t as much of a lock as u thought u were and they didn’t like ur album and get over it. He def is just coming across as a diva

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    The Weeknd turned me off in April when he accused Usher of ripping off his “style”:

    House Of Balloons literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes. I heard “Climax,” that Usher song, and was like, “Holy fuck, that’s a Weeknd song.” It was very flattering, and I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it’s a good thing.

    Chile, he’s cocky asf. Maybe this moment will humble him. But I highly doubt it. People will continue to feed his ego.

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    The Weeknd turned me off in April when he accused Usher of ripping off his “style”:

    Chile, he’s cocky asf. Maybe this moment will humble him. But I highly doubt it. People will continue to feed his ego.

    . There has to be a pint where his people go “Dude stfu” I mean even chris Christie has turned on trump and told him to stop his bs and people clearly have told Kanye to stop (not like he listens and doesn’t do his weirdness). Just one person is all it takes sometimes. We need someone with integrity to say “stop” to The Weeknd

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    . There has to be a pint where his people go “Dude stfu” I mean even chris Christie has turned on trump and told him to stop his bs and people clearly have told Kanye to stop (not like he listens and doesn’t do his weirdness). Just one person is all it takes sometimes. We need someone with integrity to say “stop” to The Weeknd

    His people are also telling Variety there was likely retribution over the Super Bowl negotiations. So this is a team effort.

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    . There has to be a pint where his people go “Dude stfu” I mean even chris Christie has turned on trump and told him to stop his bs and people clearly have told Kanye to stop (not like he listens and doesn’t do his weirdness). Just one person is all it takes sometimes. We need someone with integrity to say “stop” to The Weeknd

    He has every damn right to advocate for himself, his career, and his fans the DAY of losing out on fully deserved Grammy nominations.

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