Confusion ran through the music industry when the GRAMMYs announced the nominations list for the 63rd edition and ‘Blinding Lights‘ singer, The Weeknd was nowhere to be found after a very successful campaign.
The Weeknd has now announced that he’s no longer allow his label Republic Records to submit his music for the nominations. A lot of artists took to social media to call out the Grammys during the period, one of such was Drake who took to his Instagram to protest through a lengthy message on his Instagram story.
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after,” Drake wrote. “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can’t change their ways.”
“The other day I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way,” he added.
The academy’s interim chief executive Harvey Mason Jr. said in response to the Weeknd’s statement:
“We’re all disappointed when anyone is upset, But I will say that we are constantly evolving. And this year, as in past years, we are going to take a hard look at how to improve our awards process, including the nomination review committees.”