According to a report by The New York Times Thursday afternoon (March 11), the Canadian crooner revealed that he will no longer submit his music to Record Academy for review.
“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he told the publication in a statement.
The weekend joins the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Frank Ocean and others who have spoken out against the Grammys at one point for neglecting hip-hop and R&B artists when it comes to nominations and wins . Last year, Tyler, The Creator criticized the Grammys and their selection process after winning Best rap album for Igor, which he said should have been in the categories of pop music.
Abel’s decision comes about three months after called the Grammys for not having nominated his album Billboard 200 n ° 1, After hours, or his track “Blinding Lights”, which spent 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No.1. After hours was also the third best-selling album of 2020, after Lil Baby My turn and the beginnings of Pop Smoke Shoot for the stars Aim for the moon.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” The Weeknd wrote in an Instagram post in November 2020. “You owe me, my fans and the industry, transparency.”
The 2021 Grammy Awards air Sunday, March 13 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
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