The Weeknd persists with his Grammys Boycott
Last year, The Weeknd got one of the biggest snubs in music history as he didn’t receive a single nomination at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, despite having an extremely successful album. This year, it looks like the After Hours singer will continue with his boycott, despite the Grammys announcing some structural changes. Last year, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) accused the Grammys of being “corrupt,” vowing to boycott future ceremonies by not even submitting his work. This year, it looks like his stance still hasn’t changed.
The Weeknd’s Grammys boycott continues
While talking to Variety, Abel said that the Grammys broke the “trust” they had with artists, saying:
The trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag.
After The Weeknd’s vocal outrage, the Recording Academy did bring about some needed changes. These included the “secret” nomination review that many blame for Abel not getting any nomination at the 2021 Grammys. This was despite his single Blinding Lights and album After Hours being critically acclaimed and massive streaming successes. While talking to Variety, he further emphasized that the system needs much greater transparency. And until that is achieved, The Weeknd’s Grammys boycott will persist. He said:
I think the industry and public alike need to see the transparent system truly at play for the win to be celebrated, but it’s an important start. I remain uninterested in being a part of the Grammys, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades (and) will not be submitting in the future.
And The Weeknd did not just stop with Variety. He made his voice heard at the New York Times as well, where he persisted:
Even though I won’t be submitting my music, the Grammys’ recent admission of corruption will hopefully be a positive move for the future of this plagued award and give the artist community the respect it deserves with a transparent voting process.
Furthermore, The Weeknd has also received support from other artists. That includes Zayn Malik, Halsey, Drake, among others.