The Weeknd might never be nominated for another Grammy, but that isn’t because his work isn’t good enough: The artist announced that he is boycotting the Grammys and will no longer send his music for consideration after being absolutely snubbed at the 2021 ceremony. The Recording Academy has come under fire in recent months, but they recently proposed “major improvements” to their voting procedure, including the removal of “hidden committees.” While The Weeknd thinks that’s okay, he insists on continuing with his boycott.
In a statement to The New York Times, The Weeknd said, “Even though I won’t be submitting my music, the Grammys’ recent admission of corruption will hopefully be a positive move for the future of this plagued award and give the artist community the respect it deserves with a transparent voting process.”
Interim Recording Academy president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. also offered a statement, saying the changes come as part of “a year of unprecedented, transformational change,” adding, “This is a new academy, one that is driven to action and that has doubled down on the commitment to meeting the needs of the music community.”
Meanwhile, The Weeknd doesn’t rely on the Grammys to secure nominations: He earned 16 Billboard Music Award nominations just a few days ago.