Singer, The Weeknd has introduced he’ll be boycotting the Grammys award going ahead after he was shut out of the 2021 nominations.
For years, The Grammy awards has been going through accusations of bias in opposition to ladies and Black artists, and complaints over an opaque voting system that critics say is unfair and never lifelike.
Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Drake have beforehand spoken out concerning the Grammys and racial bias prior to now, however this yr’s largest controversy entails the Weeknd, whose mega-hit observe “Blinding Lights” has damaged chart information, however was snubbed by the award organisers.
Final month the singer carried out on the Tremendous Bowl halftime present, pop music’s largest present, however throughout the Grammy nominations, the Weeknd was snubbed, producing large criticism in direction of the choice course of.
Nameless knowledgeable committees evaluate preliminary nomination selections by the hundreds of music professionals who make up the voting membership of the Recording Academy, and the identical knowledgeable committees have the ultimate say on who makes 61 out of the Grammys’ 84 classes.
The Weeknd, launched an announcement to The New York Instances, saying he would boycott the awards any further.
“Due to the key committees, I’ll now not permit my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” The Weeknd mentioned
Harvey Mason Jr., a producer and songwriter who’s the academy’s interim chief govt, mentioned the group is devoted to bettering itself.
“We’re all upset when anybody is upset,” Mason mentioned in response to the Weeknd’s assertion.
“However I’ll say that we’re continuously evolving. And this yr, as in previous years, we’re going to take a tough have a look at tips on how to enhance our awards course of, together with the nomination evaluate committees.”
As a part of its efforts to alter, the academy has invited hundreds of latest members, employed a variety officer and ‘introduced extra ladies and folks of shade into its committees and management.’ “The modifications have been transformative,” Mason added
Chris Anokute, a music govt, mentioned The Weeknd “clearly made the album of the yr,” not less than so far as reputation goes.
“If his friends didn’t vote for him, that’s a disgrace — if that’s the reality,” Anokute mentioned. “We don’t actually imagine that’s the reality; there’s simply no means. However we actually don’t know.”