Pop star, The Weeknd will no longer submit his songs for the Grammys. He recently made this expression in an interview with The New York Times.
As indicated by him, he is boycotting the music industry’s most renowned yearly awards expo after it failed to nominate him for a solitary honor for his hit single “Blinding Lights,” which has gone through 52 weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The news comes as the association behind the Grammys is facing criticisms over its mysterious voting system and alleged biases against Black and female artists. Meanwhile, the 63rd Grammy Awards will fall off this Sunday March 14.
The Weeknd complained of absence of transparency on the democratic interaction for the most desired honors. Nominations are picked by people from the Recording Academy, a Santa Monica, California-based philanthropic whose participation is made out of industry artists, producers, executive and other staff members.
Since 1995, the most pined for Grammy awards — including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year — have been picked by a mysterious committee of academy members, as per Billboard.
The committee process was originally put in place to ensure the final nominations were more progressive and “musically adventurous”. But the process has come under fire in recent years in response to Black artists like The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar repeatedly getting snubbed in so-called “Big Four” Grammy categories.