The Weeknd calls Grammys ‘corrupt’ despite rule change

The Weeknd mentioned “the dawn is coming” along with his forthcoming album. 

But in terms of the Starboy’s somber feelings about the Grammys — it’s nonetheless nightfall. 

Doubling down on his deep-rooted disdain for the Recording Academy, the three-time Grammy Award winner once more deemed the establishment “corrupt,” despite its current vow to no longer choose nominations via small committees of anonymous members

“The trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag,” The Weeknd, 31, informed Variety of the academy’s dissembling of the “secret” committees. 

Before getting the boot Friday, 15 to 30 music-industry executives had been charged with finalizing the highest eight Grammy nominees in main classes, together with Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. 

The Weeknd's recent rant against The Recording Academy comes after his chart-topping music was inexplicably shutout from the nominations at the 2021 Grammy awards.
The Weeknd’s current rant in opposition to the Recording Academy comes after his chart-topping music was inexplicably shut out from the nominations on the 2021 Grammy Awards.
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But for this yr’s Grammys, the academy fully shut out The Weeknd — actual identify Abel Tesfaye — blocking his double-platinum “After Hours” album and hit single “Blinding Lights” from a single nod in any class. 

Following the snub, the Canadian native vowed to abstain from participating in the awards ceremony

And whereas he sees the brand new change to the Grammys’ nomination-selection course of as an “important start,” the “Save Your Tears” singer is abiding by his boycott. 

“I think the industry and public alike need to see the transparent system truly at play for the win to be celebrated, but it’s an important start,” he mentioned. 

“I remain uninterested in being a part of the Grammys, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting in the future.”

Although the Recording Academy didn’t make a proper “admission of corruption” in its rule-update announcement final week, Grammys interim president Harvey Mason Jr. mentioned The Weeknd’s harsh criticism impressed change within the group. 

“Any time an artist, especially one of that stature, calls our process into question or thinks something is unfair … the academy is of course going to be affected by that, and want to work to make things better,” Mason informed Variety. 

When The Weeknd did not garner any Grammy nods forward of this yr’s awards in March — initially scheduled for Jan. 31 — many speculated that the slight was because of the singer’s headlining efficiency on the Super Bowl halftime present Feb. 7. 

But Mason denied these claims to Rolling Stone, saying, “Unfortunately, yearly, there are fewer nominations than the variety of deserving artists. 

He added: “To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process.”

Mason might be stepping down as president/CEO subsequent month, making means for the following official Recording Academy head. So far, his successor has not been introduced. 

But The Weeknd’s supervisor, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby has excessive hopes for the incoming regime. 

“I want to see a fair and accountable process be put into place and held to that new standard that is set forth,” Slaiby mentioned. 

“To the new CEO, I would just implore that they run this right and step away from old-school backdoor politics that have plagued the Grammys for years,” he continued. 

“Be fresh and operate with honor.”

As for The Weeknd — who was born to Ethiopian immigrants, and only in the near past donated $1 million towards Ethiopian aid efforts amid violence within the nation — he hopes to see extra change in each the leisure {industry} and the world at massive. 

“I care about making music that people love and helping where I can,” he mentioned. “Right now my concern is what’s happening in my home country of Ethiopia and encourage people to be aware of what is happening and donate where they can.”

And in terms of blessing followers with some extra chart-topping jams, The Weeknd is planning the discharge of an “After Hours” follow-up album that he composed in the course of the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“If the last record is the after hours of the night, then the dawn is coming,” he mentioned. 

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