The Weeknd, Abel Tesfaye, a Canadian pop star, has announced a permanent boycott of the Grammy Awards, announcing corruption within their nominations process.
He told New York Times, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
According to Tesfaye, the Recording Academy selects committees that examine the nominations chosen by members. The committee retains authority over who makes the official shortlists.
Additionally, they may add artists who do not receive any nominations in any of the four primary categories.
Even though Blinding Lights may have been the biggest song of 2020 and After Hours a double-platinum album, Tesfaye did not receive a Grammy nomination.
He tweeted after the Grammy”s nomination, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency …”
Grammys President Harvey Mason Jr told New York Times after Tesfaye announced a boycott, “We’re all disappointed when anyone is upset. But I will say that we are constantly evolving. And this year, as in past years, we are going to take a hard look at how to improve our awards process, including the nomination review committees.”
Since The Weeknd was not nominated for the 2021 Grammy’s, Drake proposed that the Grammy’s be replaced with “something different,” which could be built over time, and passed down to future generations.
Drake posted on Instagram writing about many worthy names missing from the nomination list.
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones who come after,” he wrote.
Former One Direction vocalist Zayn Malik also tweeted, saying, “Fuck 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 confectionery.”
He then clarified the earlier tweet, “My tweet was not personal or about eligibility but was about the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process and the space that creates and allows favoritism, racism, and networking politics to influence the voting process.”
A great line-up of artists will take the stage at the 2021 Grammys this Sunday, including Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Brittany Howard, Haim, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift.