The Weeknd was infamously snubbed this year even though his album After Hours have broken chart records and drawn wide critical acclaim. He also played the Super Bowl halftime show, perhaps pop music’s biggest big-tent moment. Yet when it came time for Grammy nominations, he got nothing.
In a statement provided to the New York Times, The Weeknd stated, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
What are the "secret committees" he's referring to? According to The Times, anonymous expert committees "review initial nomination choices by the thousands of music professionals who make up the voting membership of the Recording Academy, the nonprofit group behind the awards, and — for 61 of the Grammys’ 84 categories — have the final say about who makes the cut."
This isn't the first time The Weeknd has spoken out against the Grammys. Back in November of 2020, he tweeted that they "remain corrupt" and "owe [him], [his] fans and the industry transparency."
He joins a growing list of Black stars, like Drake, Kanye West and Frank Ocean, whose public rebukes of the Grammys are a threat to an institution that views itself as a supportive home for the entire music community.
Drake said that The Grammys "may no longer matter" and compared the awards to "a relative you keep expecting to fix up."