The weeknd was faced with a tough choice – perform the Grammys or the Super Bowl. However, hammering out a deal to do both could’ve cost him Grammy nominations.
According to sources close to the story, The Weeknd’s team was in talks for weeks with Grammy who issued the ultimatum – us or Super Bowl LV. Eventually, both sides came to an agreement where he could do both – but not without negotiations getting very testy.
There’s growing suspicion that The Weeknd’s decision to perform at this year’s Super Bowl as well cost him Grammy nominations. Because the bitter back-and-forth talks pissed off Grammy honchos. However, he didn’t hide his true feelings about the situation. He took to his Twitter page and called the Grammy “Corrupt”. Would this cost him his Grammy performance as well? We guess at this point he just doesn’t care anymore.
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.
If The Weeknd does decide to stick to the deal and perform at both events, it would be a huge achievement for any artist.