Zayn Malik lashes out at Grammy Awards in foul-mouthed rant after being snubbed

Pop star Zayn Malik has hit out at the Grammy Awards in a foul-mouthed social media rant.

The 28-year-old singer logged into his Twitter account on Tuesday morning to share an angry message, five days before this year's music ceremony is due to take place.

He penned to his 30.6 million followers: "F**k the Grammys and everyone associated.

"Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations.

"Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary."

The Pillow Talk hitmaker has never been nominated for a Grammy, either as a solo act or with his former band One Direction.

Zayn's latest album wasn't eligible for this year's Grammys because it came out after the cut-off date in August.

Nobody Is Listening came out in January and will be eligible for consideration next year. However, it failed to make the US top 40.

In a subsequent tweet, Gigi Hadid's boyfriend clarified that his comments were "not personal or about eligibility".

Instead, he said he was concerned "about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process", saying the current system and "allows favouritism, racism, and networking politics to influence the voting".

Zayn's former One Direction band mate Harry Styles has been being nominated for three awards for the first time in his solo career after his smash hit album Fine Line.

The Watermelon Sugar singer is also expected to perform at the music event at the weekend.

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards will air live in the US on March 14, with special staging to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zayn's comments follow The Weeknd who accused Grammys organisers of being "corrupt" after he was snubbed in this year's nominations.

The Canadian star's single Blinding Lights has spent a record-breaking 52 weeks in the US top 10.

He was expected to be among the main contenders. Instead, he was overlooked in all 84 categories.

The musician, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, called it "an attack".

"I'm not a cocky person. I'm not arrogant. People told me I was going to get nominated. The world told me," he told Billboard magazine.

"We were all very confused."

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

Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift both have six nominations – with Swift hopeful of winning album of the year for a record-breaking third time for her first lockdown album Folklore.

As well as Harry, performers on the night will include Cardi B, BTS, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Haim, Megan Thee Stallion.

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