After years of receiving backlash for the way they operate, The Grammy awards face more heat. The Weeknd reveals he will no longer submit music to the recording academy after being snubbed.
This year’s Grammy Awards have been getting a lot of heat from artists after a few controversial snubs. Pop singer and performer, The Weeknd reached his threshold this week and decided to boycott the awards.
The Weeknd initially spoke out over his frustration with the Grammys in a tweet last year. Now, he has taken a stand and told The New York Times that he would boycott the awards ceremony for good.
The Weeknd Grammy Snub
The Weeknd, a three-time Grammy award winner, recently had one of the most controversial snubs. His latest album ‘After Hours’ spent an entire month at the number 1 spot on the Billboard charts.
The performer’s fans were convinced that The Weeknd was a strong contender for this year’s big four categories. To everyone’s surprise and shock, The Weeknd did not receive a single nomination for 2021.
After the nomination announcements in November, The Weeknd expressed his frustration in a tweet. The artist demanded transparency for himself, his fans, and the industry from the awards show he called ‘corrupt’.
Boycotting The Grammys
Although The Weeknd had explained his disappointment with the Grammys on Twitter, he took it a step further. Ahead of the show on Sunday, The Weeknd revealed that he would boycott the Grammys forever.
“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,”Says The Weeknd
Recently Zayn Malik criticized the Grammys for their alleged corruption and exclusion on Twitter. More of The Weeknd’s peers, such as Drake and Kid Cudi, also spoke out against the star’s unfair snub.
The Weeknd will join several stars who have vowed to boycott the Grammy awards due to claimed unfair treatment. Other musicians who boycotted the Grammys include Frank Ocean, Jay Z, and Kanye West.
The Grammy Response
Although the Grammys have come under fire for several years, they’ve remained relatively quiet until now. The Recording Academy’s chair and interim president, Harvey Mason, responded to The Weeknd’s statement.
“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.”Says Harvey Mason Jr.
The awards have a disappointing history regarding black artists. There are only ten black ‘Album Of The Year’ winners in the 62-year history of the Recording Academy’s Grammy awards, so a change is needed.
Despite Harvey’s statement, the Grammys will need some serious work to fix its reputation. We hope that the Recording Academy listens to artists and fans and gives everyone the transparency they ask for in the future.