The Weeknd and other stars who have criticized the Grammys
Major awards shows are typically based upon a few people deciding which of the plethora of creatives are worth validation that year—a premise that leaves a huge amount of room for conflict.
The Grammys specifically have been an increasingly controversial event as artists begin to question the lack of transparency in the nomination process, as well as the discrimination that has become evident in many shapes and forms. Since the choice of winners was left up to the academy, the results didn’t necessarily align with public opinion.
But now, in a historic move, the Grammys have ditched the small, anonymous review committees, and nominations will instead be based solely on thousands of votes from the academy’s voting members, they announced on April 30.
Many credit The Weeknd with stirring this change after his strong remarks about the nomination process leading up to the 2021 ceremony, but even with these changes the singer says he will continue to boycott the show. “The trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag,” he told Variety.
The Canadian singer admitted it’s “an important start” but added that we must see the transparency work before we can celebrate it. For now, he says, “I remain uninterested in being a part of the Grammys, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting [my music] in the future.”
Click through to see where The Weeknd’s problems with the show started, and see which other musicians have had more than a few choice words for the Grammys.