“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.” These are the famous last words from R&B pop-star, The Weeknd.
Ever since nominations for the 63rd annual Grammys were announced in November, multiple people on social media, including influencers and music reviewers, have called out The Grammys for not including The Weeknd for his sixth studio LP, “After Hours.”
One of The Weeknd’s producers who worked on the album, Metro Boomin, tweeted an expletive in expressing his disappointment, while other artists, like Halsey, tweeted that “The Weeknd deserves better, and Manic did too.”
Now the question everyone has is this: “Why didn’t The Weeknd make it on the list?” “After Hours” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboards Top 200 chart and, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the album sold “444,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending March 26.”
All of the tracks off the album have made it to Billboard’s Top 100 chart, with “Blinding Lights” peaking at No. 1 on the charts. With artists like Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Dababy, Post Malone, Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion nominated for Best Record and Best Album of the year, fans will forever wonder why The Weeknd couldn’t be on that list at all.
The Recording Academy has not addressed the topic, and people are still speculating on whether The Grammys isn’t as much of a big deal as it used to be and if they should still support it after what has happened to The Weeknd.
This isn’t the first time The Grammys’ relevance has been questioned. Pop music critic Jon Caramanica wrote an article for the New York Times, published Jan. 25, 2020, with the headline “Can the Grammys be Trusted?”
“If the Grammys don’t rapidly absorb change, its claim to be the standard-bearer music awards platform will be rendered null,” Caramanica wrote. “Forward-looking musicians will seek out new platforms that are more in touch, leaving the Grammys with scraps, eroding their authority and their allure. Before long, perhaps no one will crave a Grammy at all.”
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be Jan. 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.