The Weeknd is serious about boycotting the Grammy Awards.
In a new statement to The New York Times, the singer, who was snubbed from nominations this year, announced that going forward, he will not let his label submit his music for Grammys consideration. He pointed to the “secret committees” involved in the voting process for the award ceremony.
“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” the musician, born Abel Tesfaye, told the Times.
The Times explains that these anonymous voting parties “who review initial nomination choices by the thousands of music professionals who make up the voting membership of the Recording Academy, the nonprofit group behind the awards, and — for 61 of the Grammys’ 84 categories — have the final say about who makes the cut.”
Tesfaye’s statement comes three days ahead of the Grammys’ March 14 ceremony, and months after he publicly accused the award show of corruption. In November, when his record-breaking and chart-topping album After Hours was snubbed from the nominations, he tweeted, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”
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