Justin Bieber and The Weeknd are snubbing the Grammy Awards this Sunday after previously voicing their frustrations with the award ceremony’s lack of transparency surrounding the nomination process.
For months now, The Weeknd has been vocal about his confusion over receiving no nominations despite releasing the first song to ever spend a full year in Billboard’s Top 10 and performing at the Super Bowl. This week, he also made it clear that he won’t be giving the Recording Academy another chance to judge his music as he’ll no longer be submitting it for their consideration. The singer told the New York Times on Thursday, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
In an interview with Billboard in January, The Weeknd explained that this year’s Grammy nominations “kind of hit me out of nowhere … I felt things. I don’t know if it was sadness or anger. I think it was just confusion. I just wanted answers.” He added, “We did everything right, I think. I’m not a cocky person. I’m not arrogant. People told me I was going to get nominated. The world told me. Like, ‘This is it, this is your year.’ We were all very confused. I have three Grammys, which mean nothing to me now, obviously.”
Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., previously blamed The Weeknd being overlooked on the fact that “there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists.” But in a response to the singer’s statement in the Times this week, he added that they are committed to doing better. “We’re all disappointed when anyone is upset,” he said. “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.”
And apparently, The Weeknd’s not the only musician who’s feeling lukewarm about attending this year’s Grammys. According to Page Six, Bieber will also be skipping out on Sunday’s show, despite being nominated for four awards, because he’s not performing this year. The decision comes after the pop star previously critiqued the Recording Academy for nominating his 2020 album Changes in the pop, instead of the R&B category. Bieber wrote on Instagram in November, “I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry. I am very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being said, I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album, which is very strange to me.” But while he considers the decision to be “weird,” he urged fans not to “mistake this as me being ungrateful, these are just my thoughts take em or leave em. Thank you to the people who fought for me to even have any noms.”
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