Zayn Malik sent an angry message to the Grammy Awards five days before this year’s music ceremony

“If you don’t shake hands and send gifts, there is no consideration for nominations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of candy,” the star tweeted

Malik’s last album was not eligible for this year’s Grammys as it came out after the August deadline

In a subsequent tweet, the British singer made it clear that his comments were “not personal or about justification”

Instead, he said he was concerned “about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency in the nomination process,” said the current system and “allow favoritism, racism and network politics to influence the vote”

My tweet was not about personal questions or eligibility, but about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency in the nomination process, as well as the space that favoritism, racism and network politics create and enable to influence the voting process

His comments are in line with those of The Weeknd, who accused Grammys organizers of being “corrupt” after being caught on this year’s nominations

The star’s hit single, Blinding Lights, has now spent a record-breaking 52 weeks in the U.S. top 10, and it was widely expected to be a major contender instead, being overlooked in all 84 categories

“I’m not a cocky person I’m not arrogant People told me I was going to be nominated The world told me,” he told Billboard magazine. “We were all very confused.”

The Grammys voting process is notoriously complex, as review committees have the final say in 72 categories – meaning they can override ordinary members’ votes

Last year, the executive director of the Recording Academy, which organizes the ceremony, said he had evidence of “serious” voting irregularities

She said her removal was in retaliation for speaking out against wrongdoing within the organization, including sexual harassment and corrupt voting procedures

Malik has had a tumultuous history with the Grammys after he was banned from the Best New Artist category in 2017 due to his previous success with One Direction

“That was actually pretty straightforward,” said Bill Freimuth, Recording Academy’s chief awards officer, at the time

Malik’s duet with Taylor Swift, I Don’t Want to Live Forever, from the movie Fifty Shades Darker received a 2018 nomination for best song written for visual media, but this award is more likely to be the songwriters (in this case, Swift , Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew) awarded as the interpreters

The star’s third album, Nobody Is Listening, which came out in January, may be considered next year but failed to hit the US Top 40

The 63 Grammys ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday, with a special staging to adapt to the pandemic

The show will include four stages, each with a small group of performers, nominees and guests, plus a fifth stage for presenters.The stages have been arranged in a circle while a reduced crew stands in the middle to film the action. p>

Beyoncé leads the nominations with a total of nine, including four for Black Parade, a protest anthem released at the height of protests against Black Lives Matter last summer

Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift both have six nominations – and Swift is hoping to win an album of the year for their first lockdown album Folklore for the third time

The cast of the night includes Cardi B, BTS, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Haim, Megan Thee Stallion and Malik’s former bandmate Harry Styles, who is nominated for three awards

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