The Weeknd said “the dawn is coming” with his forthcoming album.
But when it arrives to the Starboy’s somber emotions about the Grammys — it’s nonetheless dusk.
Doubling down on his deep-rooted disdain for the Recording Academy, the a few-time Grammy Award winner once again considered the establishment “corrupt,” regardless of its modern vow to no for a longer time decide on nominations via tiny committees of anonymous users.
“The belief has been broken for so long amongst the Grammy business and artists that it would be unwise to increase a victory flag,” The Weeknd, 31, advised Wide range of the academy’s dissembling of the “secret” committees.
Just before finding the boot Friday, 15 to 30 music-field executives had been billed with finalizing the prime eight Grammy nominees in big categories, which include Song of the Calendar year, File of the 12 months, Album of the Yr and Best New Artist.
The Weeknd’s new rant towards the Recording Academy will come immediately after his chart-topping music was inexplicably shut out from the nominations at the 2021 Grammy Awards.Getty Photographs for A24
But for this year’s Grammys, the academy entirely shut out The Weeknd — serious title Abel Tesfaye — blocking his double-platinum “After Hours” album and strike single “Blinding Lights” from a single nod in any class.
Adhering to the snub, the Canadian native vowed to abstain from collaborating in the awards ceremony.
And although he sees the new transform to the Grammys’ nomination-collection approach as an “important start,” the “Save Your Tears” singer is abiding by his boycott.
“I consider the sector and general public alike need to have to see the clear program actually at perform for the gain to be celebrated, but it’s an essential start off,” he stated.
“I continue to be uninterested in staying a section of the Grammys, in particular with their own admission of corruption for all these a long time. I will not be distributing in the upcoming.”
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my enthusiasts and the sector transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Though the Recording Academy did not make a official “admission of corruption” in its rule-update announcement very last week, Grammys interim president Harvey Mason Jr. reported The Weeknd’s severe criticism impressed change in the firm.
“Any time an artist, primarily one of that stature, calls our system into query or thinks a little something is unfair … the academy is of system likely to be afflicted by that, and want to work to make issues superior,” Mason informed Wide range.
When The Weeknd unsuccessful to garner any Grammy nods forward of this year’s awards in March — originally scheduled for Jan. 31 — a lot of speculated that the slight was owing to the singer’s headlining efficiency at the Tremendous Bowl halftime demonstrate Feb. 7.
But Mason denied those people promises to Rolling Stone, declaring, “Unfortunately, each individual year, there are much less nominations than the selection of deserving artists.
He included: “To be distinct, voting in all classes ended effectively before The Weeknd’s general performance at the Super Bowl was introduced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination approach.”
Mason will be stepping down as president/CEO subsequent thirty day period, making way for the subsequent formal Recording Academy head. So considerably, his successor has not been announced.
But The Weeknd’s supervisor, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby has superior hopes for the incoming routine.
“I want to see a honest and accountable method be place into area and held to that new conventional that is established forth,” Slaiby explained.
“To the new CEO, I would just implore that they operate this suitable and step away from outdated-college backdoor politics that have plagued the Grammys for decades,” he continued.
“Be contemporary and work with honor.”
As for The Weeknd — who was born to Ethiopian immigrants, and just recently donated $1 million towards Ethiopian aid attempts amid violence in the state — he hopes to see additional modify in each the leisure marketplace and the entire world at huge.
“I treatment about creating music that men and women like and aiding the place I can,” he claimed. “Right now my concern is what is going on in my home state of Ethiopia and really encourage individuals to be knowledgeable of what is happening and donate wherever they can.”
And when it comes to blessing admirers with some far more chart-topping jams, The Weeknd is arranging the launch of an “After Hours” adhere to-up album that he composed throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.
“If the previous file is the right after hrs of the evening, then the dawn is coming,” he reported.
manufactured so considerably magic in the compact quarantined area
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 27, 2021