The Weeknd claimed “the dawn is coming” with his forthcoming album.
But when it will come to the Starboy’s somber emotions about the Grammys — it’s continue to dusk.
Doubling down on his deep-rooted disdain for the Recording Academy, the 3-time Grammy Award winner again deemed the establishment “corrupt,” irrespective of its latest vow to no extended select nominations via small committees of anonymous associates.
“The trust has been damaged for so lengthy amongst the Grammy firm and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag,” The Weeknd, 31, told Wide variety of the academy’s dissembling of the “secret” committees.
Ahead of having the boot Friday, 15 to 30 songs-marketplace executives were billed with finalizing the prime eight Grammy nominees in main classes, together with Song of the Yr, History of the Calendar year, Album of the Year and Very best New Artist.
But for this year’s Grammys, the academy wholly shut out The Weeknd — real name Abel Tesfaye — blocking his double-platinum “After Hours” album and hit single “Blinding Lights” from a solitary nod in any category.
Next the snub, the Canadian native vowed to abstain from collaborating in the awards ceremony.
And when he sees the new modify to the Grammys’ nomination-choice method as an “important commence,” the “Save Your Tears” singer is abiding by his boycott.
“I believe the field and community alike need to have to see the clear method actually at enjoy for the win to be celebrated, but it is an critical commence,” he stated.
“I stay uninterested in getting a component of the Grammys, specifically with their have admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting in the long run.”
Though the Recording Academy did not make a formal “admission of corruption” in its rule-update announcement last 7 days, Grammys interim president Harvey Mason Jr. said The Weeknd’s harsh criticism encouraged alter in the corporation.
“Any time an artist, specially one particular of that stature, phone calls our system into problem or thinks some thing is unfair … the academy is of class going to be affected by that, and want to do the job to make factors far better,” Mason advised Wide range.
When The Weeknd unsuccessful to garner any Grammy nods in advance of this year’s awards in March — initially scheduled for Jan. 31 — many speculated that the slight was due to the singer’s headlining efficiency at the Super Bowl halftime exhibit Feb. 7.
But Mason denied all those promises to Rolling Stone, saying, “Unfortunately, each year, there are much less nominations than the range of deserving artists.
He extra: “To be very clear, voting in all groups finished effectively prior to The Weeknd’s overall performance at the Tremendous Bowl was declared, so in no way could it have influenced the nomination course of action.”
Mason will be stepping down as president/CEO upcoming month, making way for the subsequent formal Recording Academy head. So considerably, his successor has not been announced.
But The Weeknd’s manager, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby has substantial hopes for the incoming regime.
“I want to see a fair and accountable approach be set into place and held to that new typical that is set forth,” Slaiby said.
“To the new CEO, I would just implore that they operate this suitable and move absent from old-faculty backdoor politics that have plagued the Grammys for yrs,” he ongoing.
“Be refreshing and function with honor.”
As for The Weeknd — who was born to Ethiopian immigrants, and just not long ago donated $1 million toward Ethiopian aid efforts amid violence in the nation — he hopes to see more change in both equally the amusement industry and the planet at large.
“I care about generating music that persons appreciate and assisting where I can,” he said. “Right now my worry is what’s taking place in my house country of Ethiopia and persuade individuals to be mindful of what is taking place and donate in which they can.”
And when it comes to blessing fans with some a lot more chart-topping jams, The Weeknd is setting up the launch of an “After Hours” follow-up album that he composed for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“If the previous history is the soon after several hours of the evening, then the dawn is coming,” he explained.