the Grammys 2021

The Grammys is an event and award that was created to honor the best music and musicians of the year. At least that is what it’s supposed to be, but that’s not always the case. This year the music industry has been taken over by Canadian pop star The Weeknd with his hit album “After Hours” and his hit single on the album “Blinding Lights” both were considered album and song of the year. When the nominations were announced and The Weeknd didn’t show up on any of the nominations he took to Twitter to show his dismay. By tweeting “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”

There was a rumor that The Weeknd’s snub was due to him not committing to performing at the Grammys ceremony and the 2021 NFL Super Bowl. But, Recording Academy Chair Harvey Mason Jr said that voting in all categories ended prior to The Weeknd’s Super Bowl announcement. He continued to say “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, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration.”

In a statement posted on Instagram, Bieber said that while he was “flattered” to be nominated, “I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound. For this not to be put into that category feels weird considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style all the way down to the hip hop drums that were chosen it is ndeniable, unmistakably an R&B album!”

More Canadian controversy, as Toronto’s Justin Bieber, voiced his displeasure with not being recognized in R&B categories. Although he was nominated for best pop solo performance, best pop duo/group performance, and best pop vocal album for his fifth album “Changes.”

While the Grammys may not agree or believe it, there is a major Canadian impact on the music industry. With many of the top artists coming from Canada like The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Drake, Shawn Mendes, and many more!

The Biebs breaks his silence

Justin Bieber clapped back at a Selena Gomez super fan for posting a video urging people to watch Hailey Bieber’s live instagram and leave hateful comments. After an explicit video of the fan stating ‘Where she’s talking about herself, 20 questions with Justin Bieber. This is the time where they will not be turning off comments, so we need to f–king bombard that s–t with Jelena and how Selena is better. Go after, please, let’s all go after her.”

Justin posted to his instagram story addressing this. The Canadian pop star later referred to this fan as a “sad excuse of a human” in defence of his wife Hailey.

Hailey reposted her Husbands story, adding her own statement about the video stating “I usually stay quiet and don’t acknowledge these things because I need to protect myself and my mental.But it has truly gotten to a level of anger and hate that is shockingly unhealthy and sad.”

Torey Lanez Pleads Not Guilty

Canadian rapper Tory Lanez has pleaded not guilty to his alleged shooting of fellow rapper Meg The Stallion.

The incident occurred during the early morning of July 12th, in a residential area of the Hollywood Hills. Lanez was arrested for a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon while inside a vehicle after police received a disturbance call around 4:00am.

Initial reports claimed gunshots were fired into the air while the SUV carrying Lanez, Meg, and another woman raced through the area.

Meg The Stallion (real name Megan Pete) later denounced these reports, claiming she was shot in the foot while attempting to exit the vehicle. Resulting in her being driven to the hospital while Lanez was being arrested. Pete stated over Twitter, “I suffered multiple gunshot wounds as a result of a crime that was committed[…] with the intention to physically harm me.”

A July 16th police report stated authorities were investigating video footage of the incident, but it was indeed “a case of a man physically harming a woman”. 

Lanez (real name Daystar Peterson) was released later this same day after posting a bail of $35,000.

The Toronto native appeared in court on October 13th, via telephone but a plea was never entered. 

After having his arraignment rescheduled to November 18th the rapper appeared again via telephone and entered his plea of not guilty. 

No information on later court dates have been released officially, but as always we will keep you updated on any more information regarding Meg the Stallion and Tory Lanez.

And remember, we’ll be Late to the Party, cuz we bring the news first.

Hedley Hack

Hedley was a Canadian pop rock band originating from Abbotsford B.C, originally formed in 2003. The band went on to have several albums, even performing at Me to We. However over the course of their career the band faced many accusations of sexual misconduct by young women. After the release of their seventh album Cageless in 2017, lead singer Jacob Hoggard was accused of sexual assault by two young women. With the accusations the band then decided to go into an infinite hiatus.

Jacob Hoggard is said to stand trial for three sex-related charges in 2021. After two years of hiatus, on August 17th, 2020 a post was made to the band’s facebook page stating “I’ve just been informed by Jacob personally that the “new track” on Spotify in no way is a Hedley track, demo or otherwise. Our Spotify account has been compromised and we are working directly to undo this”. There has not been any confirmation about the bands return by band members or other official social media posts.