The Weeknd has vowed to proceed to boycott the Grammys – regardless of a serious change to their guidelines.
After it was introduced that the Recording Academy will cease utilizing secret committees to pick out nominees, the three-time Grammy-winner has insisted he nonetheless cannot “belief” them.
The Weeknd informed Selection: “The belief has been damaged for thus lengthy between the Grammy group and artists that it might be unwise to boost a victory flag.”
The ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker beforehand blasted the annual awards ceremony after his album ‘After Hours’ – which obtained essential acclaim – was fully snubbed from the 2021 nominations listing and he later vowed to by no means submit any of his future work for consideration.
He mentioned: “Due to the key committees, I’ll now not permit my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
The Weeknd – whose actual title is Abel Tesfaye – accused the Recording Academy and their award present of being “corrupt” when the nominations have been revealed in November and known as for the group to be extra “clear” with the way it shortlists skills.
He tweeted on the time: “The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the business transparency….”
Recording Academy chair and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. later responded to The Weeknd’s feedback and mentioned he was “shocked” he wasn’t acknowledged, as he blamed the shortage of nominations on there being “fewer” at hand out “than the variety of deserving artists”.
He mentioned: “We perceive that The Weeknd is dissatisfied at not being nominated. I used to be shocked and might empathize with what he’s feeling.
“His music this yr was glorious, and his contributions to the music neighborhood and broader world are worthy of everybody’s admiration. Sadly, yearly, there are fewer nominations than the variety of deserving artists.
“All Grammy nominees are acknowledged by the voting physique for his or her excellence, and we congratulate all of them.”
The Weeknd’s determination to boycott the Grammys got here after Zayn Malik accused them of being rigged.
He tweeted: “F*** the grammys and everybody related. Except you shake arms and ship presents, there is not any nomination concerns.
“Subsequent yr I am going to ship you a basket of confectionary.”
The previous One Route star later insisted his criticism wasn’t about his personal album.
He added: “My tweet was not private or about eligibility however was concerning the want for inclusion and the shortage of transparency of the nomination course of and the area that creates and permits favoritism, racism, and networking politics to affect the voting course of (sic)”