Following his 2021 nomination snub, singer-songwriter The Weeknd announced that he would boycott the Grammy Awards in the future, including no longer attending the ceremony or submitting his work for consideration. According to People magazine, the singer, who was left out of this year’s Grammy nominations, said in a statement to The New York Times, “I would no longer allow my label to send my music to the Grammys because of the hidden committees.”
This comes after the singer’s album “After Hours” and hit single “Blinding Lights” were both passed over for nominations this year. Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s interim chief executive, responded to The Weeknd’s comment by saying, “We’re all saddened when someone is angry,” but added, “We’re constantly changing.”
“And, as in previous years, we’re going to look at how we can strengthen our awards process, including the nomination review committees,” Mason said. Following criticism from artists such as Drake and Frank Ocean, the Academy has worked to diversify its membership, hiring a diversity officer and increasing the number of women and people of colour in its leadership.
The Weeknd’s latest declaration comes months after he accused the Recording Academy of collusion after his music was totally excluded from the 2021 Grammy nominations. Following the announcement of the nominees, the singer broke his silence to condemn the awards show. “The Grammy Awards are still rigged. You owe transparency to me, my fans, and the industry,” he wrote at the time.
Soon after, artists such as Drake and Halsey defended the ‘Starboy’ singer, further condemning the awards show. The singer claimed in late January for Billboard’s cover storey that his three Grammys — for “Starboy,” “Beauty Behind the Madness,” and “Won It” — “mean nothing to me.” In response to his “remain corrupt” tweet, the singer said, “I use a sucker punch as an analogy”
“Because it just sort of reached me out of nowhere,” he said. I had a deep feeling… Stuff made an impact on me. I’m not sure if it was sorrow or rage that I felt. I believe it was simply a case of misunderstanding. I was just looking for answers. “Like, ‘What happened?'” says the narrator. The singer said at the time that he “personally no longer cares” about the case. ”I have three Grammys, which, frankly, mean nothing to me right now. It’s not as if you’re thinking, “Oh, I want the Grammy!” It’s just that this happened, and I’m willing to jump in front of the fire so it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
“I’m not good at giving speeches in the first place. “Forget about award shows,” The Weeknd continued. After longstanding allegations of racism toward Black musicians and women in particular, the Grammys have come under renewed scrutiny in recent years. The Weeknd has joined Frank Ocean in refusing to submit his music for Grammy consideration in protest, although other artists such as Drake, Kanye West, and Ariana Grande have openly slammed the awards show.
The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on CBS and Paramount+ on Sunday.
“I suck at giving speeches anyways. Forget awards shows,” The Weeknd added. The Grammys have come under renewed scrutiny in recent years, after longstanding accusations of bias against Black artists and women in particular. The Weeknd follows Frank Ocean in opting not to submit his music for Grammy consideration in protest, while artists including Drake, Kanye West, and Ariana Grande have slammed or publicly clashed with the awards show.
The Grammy Awards are set to air live from Los Angeles on Sunday on CBS and Paramount+