The Weeknd has had enough. ‘Blinding Lights,’ the song which has been reigning havoc on the Billboard Top 100 and keeping most of The Weeknd’s fans captivated, has also broken the record for staying in the Billboard Top 10s for the longest time any song ever has. Despite this, he secured no nominations in the Grammys this year. Now, The Weeknd has decided to call them out.
In a statement he shared with the New York Times, he expressed his dismay for not being nominated for even a single Grammy after dropping ‘After Hours’ which found critical acclaim among critics and fans alike as well as the worldwide hit that is Blinding Lights.
I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.
Recording Academy’s interim chief executive Harvey Mason Jr. said that they are going to continue to evolve while criticisms around them are dropping left and right.
We’re all disappointed when anyone is upset. 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.
The Weeknd has criticized the Grammy’s before as well, accusing the organization of being corrupt and costing him, his fans and the industry as well.
While The Weeknd called the Grammys corrupt, Mason urged that it was because he failed to get enough votes for the singles as well as the album. It is also alleged that The Weeknd was going to perform in the Grammys, but that has to be snubbed after he was allegedly pressured by the Recording Academy to choose between the Superbowl Halftime performance and the Grammy performance.
The Recording Academy has been criticized by many artists before as well, such as Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Drake, amongst others. The Weeknd is among many legendary black musicians who have taken a stand against the label. Let’s see whether the Grammy’s will retaliate against The Weeknd’s statement or not.