The Weeknd calls Grammys 'corrupt'. Singer gets zero nominations, despite no 1 album.

Beyonce dominated nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards on Tuesday, in a field that favored alternative artists over mainstream musicians, topped by a stunning snub for Canadian singer The Weeknd, who called the process ''corrupt''.

Beyonce's nine nods made her the second most nominated Grammy artist in history, with a total of 79, and came through projects that celebrated black culture in a year of racial turmoil in the United States.

The biggest shutout for the highest honors in the music industry was The Weeknd, whose critically acclaimed album After Hours was number one on the Billboard 200 charts for four weeks.

Variety called the the omission of the R&B singer, who has been chosen to play the halftime show at the Super Bowl next year, ''the biggest snub in memory.''

The Weeknd, in a Twitter post, said, ''The Grammy remains corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.'' In another tweet, he shared he wasn't even invited to the prestigious awards after being told that he was to perform at the ceremony previously.

''Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion, zero nominations you're not invited!''

The  Recording Academy's chair and interim  CEO Harvey Mason said in a written statement that he understood The Weeknd's disappointment. ''We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on Grammy stage weekend before.

Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists,'' he said.

In June, the academy, whose members choose the nominees and vote on the winners, announced tighter rules regarding potential conflicts of interest in response to claims that the selection process was open to rigging.

The Grammys will be handed out Los Angeles on January 31, hosted by Trevor Noah.

British singer Dua Lipa, pop star Taylor Swift and rapper Roddy Rich got six nominations apiece. Swift and Lipa will compete for the top prize -Album of the Year- along with R&B singer Post Malone, British band ColdPlay, female band Haim, avante-garde  Briton Jacob Collier, American soul band  Black Pumas and American alternative  R&B singer Jhene Aiko.

Billboard called the nominations for Album, Record, Song of the Year and Best New Artist surprising for the range of ''superstar nominees as well as out-of-nowhere newcomers.''

Bob Dylan, 79, was a no-show, despite acclaim for  Rough and Rowdy Ways - his first album of new music in eight years, while established artists like Katy Perry, Maren Morris, The Chicks, Halsey and the Jonas Brothers all got zero nominations.

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