The Weeknd Vows To Boycott Grammy Awards Moving Forward! The Weeknd has vowed to boycott the Grammy Awards moving forward following his controversial snub from this year’s nominations by Recording Academy. When the announcement for the 2021 GRAMMY Award nominations came out on the morning of Nov. 24, 2020, the world came to learn about The Weeknd’s absence from the list of nominees with shock. Despite having one of the top-selling albums of the year, the artist had been snubbed from every single category.
The superstar was touted to be a strong contender for the Big 4 categories, including “album of the year” for his 4th LP “After Hours,” which spent 4 consecutive weeks at Position. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the biggest streaming week for an R&B album ever, as well as “record of the year” and “song of the year” for his smash hit “Blinding Lights,” which continues to break Billboard chart records one year since it was released.
The “I Feel It Coming” hit maker, who staged a stunning performance the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show was left out of any recognition this year, which came as a surprise going by the critical acclaim he received with “After Hours” and his lead single, “Blinding Lights”.
The ground-breaking Toronto-based artist initially expressed his disappointment toward the Recording Academy on twitter, “The Grammys remain corrupt.” He tweeted. In his second Twitter follow-up tweet, The weeknd wrote how he went from planning a Grammys performance to eventually being “not invited.”
Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” the three-time Grammy award winner revealed in statement to The New York Times ahead of this Sunday’s (March 14,) awards show.
The artist’s peers and friends shared their frustration with Recording Academy too, with Drake and Kid Cudi among artists who spoke out about The Weeknd’s snub. The “Blinding Lights” star now stands to join the ranks of fellow superstars, 22-time Grammy winner Jay-Z, 21-time Grammy winner Kanye West and two-time Grammy winner Frank Ocean who have publicly boycotted Music’s Biggest Night.