The Weeknd has vowed to proceed to boycott the Grammys – regardless of a significant change to their guidelines.
After it was introduced that the Recording Academy will cease utilizing secret committees to pick nominees, the three-time Grammy-winner has insisted he nonetheless cannot “belief” them.
The Weeknd advised Selection: “The belief has been damaged for therefore lengthy between the Grammy group and artists that it could be unwise to boost a victory flag.”
The ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker beforehand blasted the annual awards ceremony after his album ‘After Hours’ – which acquired vital acclaim – was utterly snubbed from the 2021 nominations checklist 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 referred to as for the group to be extra “clear” with the way it shortlists abilities.
He tweeted on the time: “The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the trade 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 dearth of nominations on there being “fewer” at hand out “than the variety of deserving artists”.
He mentioned: “We perceive that The Weeknd is upset at not being nominated. I used to be shocked and may empathize with what he’s feeling.
“His music this 12 months 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 resolution 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 palms and ship presents, there is no nomination concerns.
“Subsequent 12 months 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 in regards to the want for inclusion and the dearth 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)”