He was snubbed this year, despite enjoying a hugely successful 12 months with his album After Hours. The Weeknd blamed his boycott on the “secret committees” that vote for the Grammys.
Before the main televised event, awards were handed out during the virtual Premiere Ceremony, with Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy among the winners.
The nine-year-old is the second youngest winner in Grammy history after Brown Skin Girl, her mother’s song which she featured on, won best music video.
Meanwhile, the pop titan won four gongs from her nine nominations to make it 28 over her career, surpassing the 27 of bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss.