Recording artiste The Weeknd has said he will boycott the Grammy Awards, and instruct his label to not submit his music for consideration.
The news comes after The Weeknd, whose After Hours was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2020, and whose record-breaking single, Blinding Lights, was snubbed by the Recording Academy, which failed to give him a nomination.
“…we are going to take a hard look at how to improve our awards process…”– The Weeknd
The Weeknd, in an exclusive statement to The New York Times, said he will boycott the awards going forward “because of the secret committees”. He continued, “I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
The Grammys has faced ongoing backlash over the years for not being representational of the industry and failing to recognise deserving artistes, particularly black artistes.
The academy’s interim CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., in response to The Weeknd’s statement, said “We’re all disappointed when anyone is upset,” adding “But I will say that we are constantly evolving. And this year, as in past years, we are going to take a hard look at how to improve our awards process, including the nomination review committees.”
The Weeknd, who was the Super Bowl LV halftime show performer last month, was recently recognised for Blinding Lights which became the first song to spend an entire year in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The Grammys, initially slated for January, will be aired this Sunday.