The Weeknd‘s After Hours was completely snubbed from the 2021 Grammys nominations list and he has revealed his intention to boycott the music award show forever because of it. The Weeknd‘s album, and hits like “Blinding Lights” have received critical acclaim and broken records, and yet, he got absolutely no recognition from the Recording Academy.
When he spoke to the New York Times for their story that was published on March 11, he revealed he will be boycotting the Grammys forever “because of the secret committees.”
He added, “I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
The New York Times explains that committee members are selected by the academy to review music that has been placed on a shortlist by voters. Names can be added as well. There are allegations that these committee members are “favoring artists with connections to academy board members.”
The Weeknd‘s manager, Wassim Slaiby, said they still don’t understand his lack of nominations. “We were many weeks and dozens of calls in with the Grammy team around Abel’s performance right up to the day of nominations being announced,” Wassim said. “We were scratching our heads in confusion and wanted answers.”
After the nominations were released, The Weeknd called out the Grammys publicly.
Another star just called out the Grammys this week and actually cursed them out for their alleged nomination practices.