The Weeknd has revealed that he will continue not submitting his music to the GRAMMY Awards, despite the major changes implemented by the Recording Academy.
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As reported, the GRAMMYs confirmed that effective immediately it has dissolved the secret committees that wielded deciding power over a number of key categories.
And while no explicit references were made to The Weeknd, many interpreted the changes as being influenced by the chaos that followed his seismic shut out from the nominations for this year’s ceremony; chaos that included Abel announcing that he will no longer submit his music to the Academy for consideration.
Speaking to Variety in the wake of the latest developments, the ‘Blinding Lights’ singer said:
“The trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag.”
“I think the industry and public alike need to see the transparent system truly at play for the win to be celebrated, but it’s an important start. I remain uninterested in being a part of the GRAMMYs, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting in the future.”
In other Weeknd news, he leads with 16 nominations at the forthcoming Billboard Music Awards 2021.