The Weeknd has revealed that he intends to boycott all future Grammy Awards after he was snubbed at this year’s awards.
The Canadian artist didn’t take long before venting frustration at the awards ceremony, claiming corruption after he found himself snubbed despite having the biggest song of the year and the highest-selling album in America for 2020.
In a message posted to social media, the musician blasted that the Grammys “remain corrupt” and that the organisation “owe me, my fans and the industry transparency”. The Grammys then diplomatically responded: “We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathise with what he’s feeling,” the statement written by Recording Academy Chair Harvey Mason began.
Mason went on to say at the time, “His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration. Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists. All Grammy nominees are recognised by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all.”
The Weeknd has now stated to the New York Times that he will no longer be allowing his music to be considered or eligible for future Grammys categories. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he commented.
Harvey Mason has responded to his latest comment, telling the Times, “We’re all disappointed when anyone is upset. 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.”
Last month, The Weeknd followed a long-line of musical royalty when he performed during the coveted half-time Superbowl slot, including Prince, Michael Jackson, and Beyonce. Whilst there was only a limited capacity of fans in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, The Weeknd didn’t put any half-measures into his performance and even injected $7 million from his pocket into the show.
Showtime has since confirmed a documentary is in the works about how he created the spectacle.