In the hours leading up to this year’s Grammy Awards, one of the biggest artists in the world has announced he is boycotting the show for the rest of his career.
The Weeknd made the shocking revelation in the wake of a controversial snub of his album ‘After Hours’ which received ZERO nominations after it was one of the most acclaimed and successful releases of the year.
The Canadian singer — real name Abel Tesfaye — issues a statement denouncing the Awards show and bowing out of any further involvement.
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“I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” the singer said.
As for the reason…he added, “because of the secret committees.”
The singer is referring to the anonymous Grammy committees that review thousands of votes from Recording Academy members and make the final decision of who gets nominated in each category. Also, committee members can actually add names who were not selected by voters.
As you can see, this could allow for back-room dealings, and Hollywood elites to control the outcome of the nominations. Weeknd simply doesn’t want to be apart of that anymore.
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Earlier this year, the head of the Grammy’s released a statement about the unexplainable snub, saying, he “can empathize with what he’s feeling. … His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration. We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before.”
He continued, “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. All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all.”
After Weeknd’s announcement of boycotting the show, and awards, the same honcho told The New York Times, the Grammys is “constantly evolving” and is “going to take a hard look at how to improve our awards process, including the nomination review committees.”
Shockingly, The Weeknd tweeted he had been planning a Grammy performance “for weeks” before it was revealed he had received zero nominations.
“Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited?” he tweeted. Adding, “In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!”
The Grammy’s Awards air on Sunday, March 14 on CBS.