Are The Grammys Too Far Gone?
The Weeknd’s public snub has raised some serious concerns.
This year’s Grammy nominations had a lot of fans scratching their heads. It seems celebrities felt just the same as more and more come forward to voice their discontent with the nomination process.
Just today, Spotify announced that The Weeknd officially had the biggest song of the year on their platform, as well as the second biggest album. Despite his many smash hits, he didn’t receive a single nomination from The Recording Academy. It was widely considered the biggest snub of the year.
The Weeknd posted on Instagram saying, “The Grammy’s remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency.” He then followed up with, “Collaboratively planning a performance to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!”
Rumors have circulated speculating that the reason behind The Weeknd’s missing nominations was his attempt to double book himself for both The Grammys and the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show. The Weeknd’s reference to “collaboratively planning a performance” suggests that there may be some merit to this argument.
“The Grammys are an elusive process,” wrote Halsey on a post to her Instagram stories. “It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshake and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as ‘not bribes.’”
She also continued by saying that receiving a nom can come with the agreement of exclusive TV performances and “making sure you help the Academy make their millions in advertising on the night of the show.” She concluded by offering her hope for more transparency and reform but acknowledging, “I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway.”
Drake also came forward to express his disappointment, and to suggest an alternative to the Grammys. After lamenting The Weeknd’s obvious losses, he wrote, “This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.”
The Grammy process has been a source of speculation and target for criticism in recent years. Many have pointed out that the major categories are all decided by a “secret committee” seemingly beholden to none. The Academy’s conduct was the subject of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by former CEO Deborah Dugan. In a statement, her lawyers said, “As alleged, the Academy has lost its way and abandoned the recording industry, instead focusing on self-dealing and turning [a] blind eye to the ‘boys’ club’ environment, obvious improprieties and conflicts of interest.”
It remains to be seen whether The Academy is open to reform, or if a possible alternative could arise, as suggested by Drake and other artists. In the meantime, it would seem that this year’s ceremony will feature some significant missed opportunities.