The Weeknd is finished with the Grammys. After getting snubbed by the Recording Academy this 12 months, the 31-year-old singer advised The New York Instances that he’s boycotting future ceremonies forward of Sunday’s present. “Due to the key committees, I’ll now not permit my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” The Weeknd stated in an announcement.
“I’ll now not permit my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
Although After Hours was one of many largest albums of 2020 (“Blinding Lights” truly simply made Billboard historical past), The Weeknd didn’t obtain one single Grammy nomination, though his music was submitted in six classes. The singer beforehand opened up concerning the “sucker punch” second, telling Billboard journal that it hit him “out of nowhere.” “I undoubtedly felt . . . I felt issues. I do not know if it was disappointment or anger. I feel it was simply confusion,” he defined. “I simply wished solutions. Like, ‘What occurred?’ We did every part proper, I feel. I am not a cocky particular person. I am not smug. Individuals advised me I used to be going to get nominated. The world advised me. Like, ‘That is it; that is your 12 months.’ We have been all very confused.”
The Weeknd additionally identified the Recording Academy’s historical past of racism, including, “Should you have been like, ‘Do you assume the Grammys are racist?’ I feel the one actual reply is that within the final 61 years of the Grammys, solely 10 Black artists have gained album of the 12 months. I do not need to make this about me. That is only a reality.”
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The Weeknd already has three Grammys. In 2016, he took dwelling greatest R&B efficiency for “Earned It” and greatest city up to date album for Magnificence Behind the Insanity, and two years later, he gained greatest city up to date album for Starboy. Maybe if the Recording Academy improved its nomination course of, The Weeknd may rethink.