The Weeknd has vowed to continue to boycott the Grammys – despite a major change to their rules.
After it was announced that the Recording Academy will stop using secret committees to select nominees, the three-time Grammy-winner has insisted he still can’t “trust” them.
The Weeknd told Variety: “The trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag.”
The ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker previously blasted the annual awards ceremony after his album ‘After Hours’ – which received critical acclaim – was completely snubbed from the 2021 nominations list and he later vowed to never submit any of his future work for consideration.
He said: “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
The Weeknd – whose real name is Abel Tesfaye – accused the Recording Academy and their award show of being “corrupt” when the nominations were revealed in November and called for the organization to be more “transparent” with how it shortlists talents.
He tweeted at the time: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency….”
Recording Academy chair and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. later responded to The Weeknd’s comments and said he was “surprised” he wasn’t recognized, as he blamed the lack of nominations on there being “fewer” to hand out “than the number of deserving artists”.
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