BEYONCÉ has joined The Weeknd and former One Direction star Zayn Malik in boycotting the Grammys over claims of a “secret committee”.
Awards ceremony executive Harvey Mason revealed than Queen Bey has opted not to perform on the telecast, despite being the most-nominated act.
Queen Bey will not be performing at this year’s awardsCredit: EPA
It comes after pop singer The Weeknd slammed the awards for being “corrupt” after his hit album was missed off the nominations list.
This week, Zayn Malik joined him in snubbing the Grammys after he too did not receive a single nomination for this year’s awards.
“F**k the grammys and everyone associated,” he wrote to Twitter. “Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.”
Interim president of the recording academy Harvey has now revealed that Beyoncé, the most-nominated act of the year, has chosen not to perform.
The Weeknd also snubbed the ceremony after claims it was “corrupt”Credit: Getty Images
Zayn Malik has also boycotted the awards after he was not given a nominationCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The 39-year-old singer was in the the line-up for both record of the year and song of the year with Black Parade.
“It’s unfortunate, because she’s such a big part of the Recording Academy,” Mason told the LA Times. “We absolutely wish we had her onstage.”
It’s the third time in the show’s history that the most-nominated act has chosen not to perform – following Bey’s husband Jay-Z in 2018 and Kendrick Lamar in 2019.
Ahead of the ceremony, which is due to take place on Sunday, The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – was first to snub this year’s awards.
Beyonce was the most-nominated artist for the 63rd ceremonyCredit: Getty – Contributor
A three time winner, he was a strong contender in four main categories for his album After Hours, which spent four consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Despite becoming the highest streaming R&B album, his name was missed off the nominations list on November 24, 2020.
The Weeknd initially expressed his frustration toward the Recording Academy by tweeting, “The Grammys remain corrupt.”
In his second Twitter missive, he wrote that he went from planning a Grammys performance to being “not invited.”
Despite being a three-time winner, the Weeknd snubbed the awardsCredit: Getty Images
“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” the three-time Grammy winner said in statement to The New York Times.
According to Billboard, many of the singer’s peers have agreed with his frustration with Drake, Kid Cudi, 21-time Grammy winner Kanye West, and two-time Grammy winner Frank Ocean publicly boycotting music’s biggest night.
Justin Bieber made sure to express how he felt of the situation after he didn’t receive a nomination this year for a Pop rather than R&B album.
He wrote on Instagram: “I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was, and is, a R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me.
Justin added: “Please don’t mistake this as me being ungrateful, these are just my thoughts take em or leave em.
“Thank you to the people who fought for me to even have any noms.”
The 63rd Grammy Awards, which were postponed from January, will air on Sunday night on CBS.