If you were among those who thought The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) would just get over being snubbed for a nomination at the 2021 GRAMMYs, his recent sit-down with ‘New York Times’ suggests you couldn’t be any more wrong.
Despite owning one of the century’s most blockbuster eras courtesy of his hit fourth album, 2020’s ‘After Hours,’ Tesfaye was an afterthought for the Recording Academy who omitted his name from mention in any category for this year’s GRAMMY Awards.
As many of his industry peers (including Drake and Nicki Minaj) rallied around him in support, the singer-songwriter took to social media and press at the time to express his disappointment in the omission – even referring to the GRAMMY voting process as ‘corrupt.’
To further his stance, he’s announced he will not be submitting any of his future chart-topping hits for the Academy’s consideration.
Via a statement printed Thursday (March 11), Abel revealed:
“Because of the secret committees,” the Weeknd said, “I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
The “secret committees” referred to in the statement is one of many complaints artists are lodging against the GRAMMY voting process as little is understood about it.
Reportedly, there are “anonymous expert committees, which review initial nomination choices by the thousands of music professionals who make up the voting membership of the Recording Academy.” According to industry insiders, those experts have the final say about who makes the nomination cut in 61 of the GRAMMYs’ 84 categories – a move some artists argue implies bias and damages the integrity of the ceremony.
Once Tesfaye’s statement landed on the desk of Harvey Mason Jr., the Academy’s interim chief executive, he replied:
“We’re all disappointed when anyone is upset,” Mason said in response to the Weeknd’s statement. “But I will say that we are constantly evolving. And this year, as in past years, we are going to take a hard look at how to improve our awards process, including the nomination review committees.”