The ‘Blinding Lights’ singer – actual identify Abel Tesfaye – hit out at the Recording Academy final week (November 24) after his newest album ‘After Hours’ and its singles had been neglected for the 2021 ceremony.
He was subsequently defended by Elton John, who stated the ‘Blinding Lights’ singer had made the “music of the yr”, and Drake – who stated that his omission confirmed “the disconnect between impactful music and these awards”.
Chatting with NME, Mabel defined that whereas The Weeknd deserved to be nominated it will not be seen as a definitive dent on his big success this yr.
“For certain he deserves it, he’s had an unbelievable yr and that album, stats-wise, is simply wonderful,” she stated.
“The Grammys clearly is one thing that we as artists look to because the Holy Grail and y’know, it will be one thing that I’m aiming for, however as implausible as it’s, it doesn’t take away from the truth that The Weeknd has had an incredible yr and he’s put out unbelievable music.
“Simply because he doesn’t have a Grammy nomination it doesn’t imply that his music doesn’t imply something, and I feel that’s vital to recognise as an artist. It doesn’t imply that individuals don’t love your music and it doesn’t imply it was all for nothing. Whatever the nomination, he’s an unbelievable artist and that album is wonderful.”
Describing his absence from the nominations as “unusual”, Mabel went on: “I don’t make the foundations and I don’t know the reasoning behind it, however Drake put a statement on his Instagram mainly saying that simply because he wasn’t nominated, it doesn’t imply he isn’t a legend.
“You will need to remind ourselves that awards aren’t the be-all and finish all, even when I feel he deserves one.”
Mabel’s feedback come after her personal success at awards exhibits this yr, having scooped the 2020 Brit Award for Finest Feminine Artist.
Requested about plans for brand new music, she defined: “I’ve been making music, though there’s no specifics I can discuss but. I’ve been utilizing this yr to replicate and elevate myself as a performer and a author.
“I’ve been excited about my subsequent strikes, so there’s positively new stuff coming. I’ve been making an attempt to see this yr as optimistic as I can, that I’ve been given time to work on my creativity and I’ve made a few of my finest music up to now, so I’m simply excited for folks to listen to it.”
Mabel was chatting with NME to advertise her involvement in Google’s Nest Audio Periods, which has seen her carry out a choice of tracks alongside the likes of Ella Mai, Jessie Reyez, BENEE and Tove Lo. To entry the complete compilation from all 9 artists, say “Hey Google, play Nest Audio Periods on YouTube Music”.