Taking to social media to break his silence, the artist labelled the Recording Academy “corrupt” and called for its honesty. “The Grammys remain corrupt,” The Weeknd wrote. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
The XO Records head’s brief statement arrives after Recording Academy interim president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. “explained” why After Hours went home with no nods. “Y’know, it really just comes down to the voting body that decides,” Mason Jr. said in an interview. “We have eight nomination slots to fill in [the “Big Four” categories: Best Album, Song, Record and New Artist], five in others, and the voters vote for their favorites. It’s really interesting, though.”
The Recording Academy chief continued to claim that “all the records get the fairest of fair shakes” and that the committee listens to all the music, but reminds everyone that the committee is not allowed to vote on a project that’s not included in the top 20 (voted by the general voting field). Mason Jr. then declined to reveal if The Weeknd made the shortlist.
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Elsewhere in music, Playboi Carti revealed that Whole Lotta Red has been “turned in.”