Halsey says Grammy nominations are gained 'with the right handshakes' and apparent 'bribes'
In a statement posted to her Instagram story, the "Without Me" singer says that while she "can't care about it anymore," she hopes to shed light on the matter for others like The Weeknd and Manic who "deserve better."
"I've been thinking and wanted to choose my words carefully because a lot of people have extended sympathy and apology to me since the Grammy nominations," Halsey wrote.
"The Grammys are an elusive process. It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshakes and 'bribes' that can be just as ambiguous enough to pass as 'non-bribes.'"
The Recording Academy did not respond to EW's request for comment.
Halsey also alleges that artists hoping to score nominations need to "commit to exclusive TV performances" and "help the Academy make their millions in advertising on the night of the show."
According to the singer, "the music or quality or culture" doesn't always matter. Halsey has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, both in 2016, for songs she appeared on as a featured artist, including Album of the Year (for her song "Love Yourself" on Justin Bieber's album Purpose) and Best Pop Duo Group Performance for The Chainsmokers track, "Closer."
"Just wanted to get that off my chest," her statement concludes. "The Weeknd deserves better, and Manic did too. Perhaps it's unbecoming of me to say so but I can't care anymore. While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognized this year, I am hoping for more transparency or reform. But I'm sure this post will blacklist me anyway."