Simon Cowell Grammys Screwed Bieber ... He Deserved a Nom

12/8/2012 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber
 deserved at least ONE Grammy nomination this year for his hard work ... but no ... he got shafted by the uppity snobs at the Recording Academy -- so says Simon Cowell.

Simon was out in L.A. Thursday night -- for the launch of his new X Headphones -- when we asked about Bieber's Grammy snub. He told us, "You know what? He deserved one [nomination], I think. But they can get a bit snobby sometimes."

But Simon's not worried about the Biebs, adding, "He won't be crying too much. He's doing fine."

You can say that again.