Although the Recording Academy lately voted to get rid of “nominations evaluate committees” – known as “secret committees” by some – The Weeknd isn’t but prepared to finish his Grammys boycott.
To recap, The Weeknd first took intention on the Recording Academy again in November of 2020, after he obtained zero Grammy nominations regardless of the appreciable business success of his After Hours effort. The Toronto-born singer-songwriter characterised the annual awards present (which attracted a record-low variety of viewers this 12 months) as “corrupt” and acknowledged that higher-ups “owe me, my followers and the trade transparency.”
Then, it got here to gentle in January that the 31-year-old “Save Your Tears” creator wouldn’t be a part of the Grammys’ rescheduled broadcast, and The Weeknd in March relayed: “Due to the key committees, I’ll now not permit my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
Seemingly in response to this firmly worded criticism, the Recording Academy revealed late final month that it had voted to cast off “nominations evaluate committees,” or collections of 15 to 30 “extremely expert music friends who represented and voted inside their style communities” to decide on “the ultimate number of nominees.”
Regardless of this pivot and the truth that the Academy lowered the variety of “particular style subject classes” that members might solid votes in, to “guarantee music creators are voting within the classes during which they’re most educated and certified,” The Weeknd has made clear that he doesn’t plan on burying the hatchet anytime quickly.
Chatting with The New York Occasions, The Weeknd stated of the event: “Regardless that I received’t be submitting my music, the Grammys’ current admission of corruption will hopefully be a optimistic transfer for the way forward for this plagued award and provides the artist group the respect it deserves with a clear voting course of.”
It’s unclear when – or whether or not – The Weeknd will in truth resume sending his music to the Recording Academy for consideration on the Grammys, nevertheless it bears mentioning on this entrance that various different creators have had (and overcome) decidedly public feuds with the 64-year-old entity, which generated a complete of $91.62 million through the 12 months ending on July thirty first, 2019.
To make certain, Taylor Swift and Beyonce have been among the many high-profile figures who boycotted the 2020 Grammys within the wake of former Recording Academy head Deborah Dugan’s stunning allegations. Nevertheless, Beyonce scored the biggest variety of nominations (9) and probably the most awards (4) of any artist at this 12 months’s Grammys, upping her lifetime awards whole (as a solo act in addition to a member of The Carters and Future’s Baby) to a file excessive of 28.
Taylor Swift, for her half, performed live on the 63rd Grammys and have become the primary feminine artist to win an award for “Album of the 12 months” thrice.
The Weeknd donated $1 million to Ethiopian starvation reduction about one month in the past and is making ready to embark on an in depth “After Hours World Tour” starting in January of subsequent 12 months.