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Thanks, however no thanks. The Weeknd nonetheless received’t submit music to the Grammys

The Grammys received’t be seeing any of the Weeknd’s music within the foreseeable future.

The worldwide celebrity reaffirmed his place Monday in an interview with Variety, regardless of the Recording Academy‘s Friday transfer to get rid of the secret committees which were blamed for shutting the “Starboy” singer out of any nominations for Grammys offered in March.

“I believe the business and public alike must see the clear system actually at play for the win to be celebrated, however it’s an essential begin,” the three-time Grammy winner stated. “I stay tired of being part of the Grammys, particularly with their very own admission of corruption for all these many years. I can’t be submitting sooner or later.”

The Canadian singer, who’s of Ethiopian descent, referred to as the transfer to dissolve these committees “an essential begin,” however advised the commerce publication that “the belief has been damaged for thus lengthy between the Grammy group and artists that it will be unwise to boost a victory flag.”

Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s chairman and interim chief govt, told The Times on Saturday that the adjustments had been within the works since final summer season and weren’t straight associated to the controversy surrounding the Weeknd’s shutout.

“It’s an extended highway to get to a transformative change like this,” Mason stated. “It’s not one thing that occurs rapidly or within the case of a response to at least one occasion.”

These secret teams — formally often called nominations evaluation committees — had been round since 1989. They oversaw the Grammys poll that the 12,000-member Recording Academy initially put collectively and had the ability to form and amend the ultimate alternatives.

They’ve additionally had a problematic previous: A number of Black artists have stated the committees reinforce institutional racism by discounting hip-hop and R&B artists relating to the extra prestigious awards, resembling document or album of the yr.

Within the Weeknd’s case, controversy arose in November after he did not receive any nominations for the 63rd Grammy Awards — regardless of the mainstream success of his album “After Hours,” which included the chart-topping single “Blinding Lights.” He proceeded to tweet that the Grammys have been “corrupt.”

These adjustments, although, aren’t essentially the most urgent points on the singer’s thoughts. He has donated $1 million towards war relief efforts in Ethiopia, offering 2 million meals in partnership with the United Nations World Meals Programme.

He advised Selection that the music business must proceed redistributing its income towards “marginalized communities who create and purchase the music they promote.”

“I care about making music that folks love and serving to the place I can,” the Weeknd stated. “Proper now my concern is what’s occurring in my residence country of Ethiopia and encourage individuals to concentrate on what is occurring and donate the place they’ll.”

Instances pop music critic Mikael Wooden contributed to this report.


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