With all the controversy over The Weeknd’s failure to receive a single nomination in the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, He tweeted,

And finally, the Recording Academy’s chair and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr in a statement responded to the claims made by The Weeknd.

Congratulations to today’s Grammy nominees, who have earned their peers’ recognition for their incredible work. There were a record number of submissions in this unusual and competitive year.

We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His Music this year was excellent…We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before…To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process.

Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists. But as only peer-voted music award, we will continue to recognize and celebrate excellence in music while shining a light on the many amazing artists that make up our global community. To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process.

All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence and we congratulated them all.

So, there you have it, folks!