Recording Academy responds to The Weeknd's decision to boycott the Grammys

New DelhiUpdated: Mar 13, 2021, 04:41 PM IST


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Recording Academy interim chief Harvey Mason Jr. addressed The Weeknd's decision recently. 

Recording Academy interim chief Harvey Mason Jr. addressed The Weeknd's decision with Variety.

"Some of it was [decided by] the [secret] nominating committees and some were the voting body, because some of the awards he was eligible for did not have nominating committees, so it was a combination of both. But again, it’s unfortunate, we never like to see somebody as talented as the Weeknd get left out or feel left out. It’s not something any of us are happy about.

"The process is definitely something that we’re going to continue to look at and continue to make sure that it’s evolving as music continues to evolve. I’ll hopefully have more things to talk about in the future."

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Nominations were announced in November, and The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) was snubbed dramatically despite owning one of the industry's most dominant albums: After Hours and its commercially record-breaking singles "Blinding Lights" and "Heartless."

The 31-year-old Canadian artist did not take kindly to the snub and took to Twitter asking for an explanation:




The Recording Academy and, by extension, the Grammys have much larger issues to contend with. Following Deborah Dugan's firing as CEO and president of the Recording Academy in January 2020, she levied concerning allegations "against the corrupt institution from within."

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