- The Weeknd has surprisingly announced that he will boycott the Grammy Awards from now on
- The musician said he will no longer let his record label submit his music to the Grammy Awards
- The Recording Academy did not nominate even one song from the musician's most recent album, After Hours
The Weeknd has made it known that he will boycott the Grammy Awards from now on. The popular musician has reportedly said that he will no longer allow his record label to submit his music to the Grammys.
The Weeknd's decision comes after the Recording Academy failed to nominate even a single record from his latest album, After Hours. The album is one of the superstar's greatest projects and it was well-received across the globe. It had hits such as Blinding Lights and Save Your Tears.
In a statement shared with the New York Times, the musician said he will boycott the awards "because of the secret committees".
"I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys."
Reacting to the news, interim chief executive of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr said the institution will continue to improve itself amid mounting criticism.
Social media users shared mixed reactions to The Weeknd's announcement. Check out some of their comments below:
"J Cole, Tupac, and Nas don’t have Grammy’s either (Cole now has one for a 21 Savage feature)... but if you’re going to boycott something do it for the right reasons, not just because you’re upset you weren’t nominated."
"Let’s forget he literally had the biggest hit song of 2020, I guess."
"Imagine performing at the SUPERBOWL, but the Grammys not recognizing him or his album. What a world we live in."
"It don't take a rocket scientist to know that man had the biggest songs and album last year... just for him to be 'snubbed'... I'm proud of him... Stand up for your art and hard work..."
"Honestly, more artists should. The Grammys are not cool anymore."
"They don’t deserve him anyways."
"To be honest. That’s fine. Give someone else a chance."
"Just because your music is popular doesn't mean it's good."
In related news, Legit.ng reported that Trevor Noah has been announced as the host of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, November 24 and revealed that the South African Emmy-award winning comedian will host the prestigious awards on March 14, 2021. The event was originally scheduled for January 31, but the Recording Academy postponed the ceremony to March 14.
"We’re thrilled to welcome @TheDailyShow host, Emmy-winner, and GRAMMY-nominee @TrevorNoah as the host of the 63rd #GRAMMYs! We can’t think of a better person to serve as Master of Ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night."
The Recording Academy is an American learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous for its Grammy Awards, which recognise achievements in the music industry.
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