The Weeknd will boycott future Grammy Awards following 2021 snub

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The Weeknd attends the premiere of A24's
The Weeknd attends the premiere of A24's "Uncut Gems" at The Dome at ArcLight Hollywood on December 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

The Weeknd has announced he will be boycotting future Grammy Awards by refusing to allow for his work to be submitted.

It comes after the singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, was snubbed for this year's awards.

His chart-topping album After Hours proved a huge success but this did not translate into Grammy recognition and he did not receive a single nod when nominations were announced in November.

The 31-year-old stated his dissatisfaction at the time and has now gone a step further, announcing he is boycotting future ceremonies.

In a statement to the New York Times, the three-time Grammy-winner said: “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”

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The Weeknd poses in the press room at the The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
The Weeknd poses in the press room at the The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Committees play a key role in nominations and the process has long been criticised for alleged bias, with detractors saying artists of colour have been poorly represented in the top awards.

Voting committees are made up of anonymous experts from the Recording Academy, the body which oversees the Grammys.

Committee members have to declare any conflicts of interest and have term limits, according to the official Grammy rulebook.

For the general field categories – including record, album and song of the year – nomination review committees consist of at least 20 experts who are voting members of the Recording Academy and approved by trustees.

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They then review the top 20 selections resulting from a general membership vote and select the eight nominees for each category.

Organisers say the process protects the integrity of the awards, but critics argue it leaves the committees unaccountable.

Responding to The Weeknd’s statement, Harvey Mason Jr, a producer and songwriter serving as the Recording Academy’s interim chief executive, said the organisation is “constantly changing”.

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He told the New York Times: “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.”

Other stars have criticised the award shows including Drake, Kanye West, and most recently Zayn Malik.

The 63rd Grammy Awards are set to take place in Los Angeles on Sunday at the Staples Center with comedian Trevor Noah slated to host.

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With reporting by PA.