From puzzle to surprise and outrage, music lovers the world over continue to express disappointment in the Recording Academy after the 2021 GRAMMY nominations were unveiled and showed no mention of The Weeknd – an artist whose 2020 blockbuster album, ‘After Hours,’ made history for its sales and impact.
While the organization’s chief Harvey Mason Jr. has taken to press multiple times to confirm the decision to omit the singer (born Abel Tesfaye) from the nod list was nothing personal or related to his commitment to the 2021 Super Bowl, his statements on behalf of the organization have done little to quell the hoopla surrounding Tesfaye’s shut out.
After Abel and his manager spoke out about the injustice (as we reported here), fellow artists took to their platforms in his defense as well. Chief among them is Nicki Minaj and Tesfaye’s on-and-off again friend Drake – both of whom have been vocal about their own snubs in the past.
Taking to Instagram Wednesday (November 25), Drake spoke highly of his ‘The Zone’ co-star via a lengthy story post.
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after,” Drake said in the post to his Instagram story. “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can’t change their ways. The other day I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way.”
He added, “This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.”
Minaj co-signed her Young Money brother’s sentiment by reposting it to her IG stories as well.
The demand for reform and improvement continues a trend the GRAMMYs has been rocked with for the past few years. In addition to calls for more female representation across major fields (in positions of power within the Recording Academy and among artist nominations), the organization has also been blasted with claims of racial bias, insensitivity to gender neutrality, and more.
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