The Grammy has long been respected as one of the highest honors a musical artist could receive in music history. However, the fate of the Grammy Awards are being brought into question for future shows as artists begin to probe the true authenticity of the iconic symbol.
One artist who has been personally offended by the lack of deserving nominations for the upcoming 63rd Grammy Awards is America’s “Starboy” The Weeknd. After releasing his album After Hours earlier back in March, the pop artist had massive success, including topping the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, with his track “Blinding Lights.” Other fan favorite tunes were practically blasted everywhere you turned. Despite the street love, the Weeknd may have received one of the biggest Grammy snubs in musical history. With the announcement of the Recording Academy’s upcoming 63rd Grammy nominations, the Weeknd resulted with zero nods on the list.
The Weeknd took to Twitter to express his frustration and disappointment with the Grammy’s for not receiving a single nomination. He stated, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” In another tweet he said, “Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!” It’s pretty clear that the Weeknd and his affiliation with the iconic award ceremony may not be rekindled anytime soon.
The Weeknd wasn’t the only one to vent his confusion with the nominations list. According to Complex, Drake weighed in on the subject by posting his perspective on Instagram which stated, “I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after.” Drake also stated, “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can’t change their ways,” the rapper continued. “The other day I said @TheWeeknd was a lock for either Album or Song of the Year along with reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way.”
Despite Drake being up for Grammy nominations in the categories Best Melodic Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Music Video, his actions make it seem as if he has nothing to lose by speaking out against the show and it’s politics.
If you haven’t seen the release of 63rd Grammy nominations yet, you may want to check and see if some of your favorite artists have made the list. The Grammy Awards will air on CBS January 31st.
By Kori Barnes, Junior, UNLV.