The Weeknd Boycotts the Grammys


Following immense success in 2020 and 2021 with his best selling album “After Hours,” the Weeknd has announced that he will not be attending the Grammy Awards in the future.


When the list of nominees for the 2021 Grammys was released, there was an evident lack of nominations for the Weeknd, whose song “Blinding Lights” was the best-selling single of last year. 


This did not go unnoticed, seeing as the Weeknd took to Twitter to make his thoughts known. He wrote, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency…”


There were concerns earlier last year with the Weeknd playing at the Superbowl, seeing as he had initially been planning to perform at the Grammys, which were originally scheduled for January. 


This is not the first time something like this has happened. Throughout the years, many artists have been snubbed by the Recording Academy, which has been accused of holding biases against female artists and artists of color. 


When pressed about the issue of racial bias in the Grammys, the Weeknd said, “I think the only real answer is that in the last 61 years of the Grammys, only 10 Black artists won Album of the Year.”


Despite this setback, the Weeknd has made strides with his work. His 15-minute Super Bowl set was widely watched, having over 1 million views on Youtube as of March 15, in addition to the vast audience reached on Super Bowl Sunday.


Hoping to inspire other artists to use their voices, the Weeknd announced his intent to boycott the Grammys.


The Weeknd said, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”


The Recording Academy has yet to take decisive action to correct racial prejudice in its institution, but with artists speaking up, there is movement in the right direction.