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Here's Why The Weeknd Is Boycotting The Grammys For Good

"I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys."

The Grammys are this weekend, and there's one superstar musician you definitely won't see there: The Weeknd, who was infamously snubbed this year even though his album After Hours, released last year, was a massive hit.

The Weeknd at the 2020 American Music Awards in Los Angeles
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In a statement provided to the New York Times, The Weeknd stated, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”

As previously mentioned, this isn't the first time The Weeknd has spoken out against the Grammys. Back in November of 2020, he tweeted that they "remain corrupt" and "owe [him], [his] fans and the industry transparency."

The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency...

@theweeknd / Twitter / Via Twitter: @theweeknd

"In my opinion zero nominations = you're not invited!" he continued.

Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!

@theweeknd / Twitter / Via Twitter: @theweeknd

He later elaborated on his thoughts regarding the snub and the Grammys' alleged history of racism: “If you were like, ‘Do you think the Grammys are racist?’ I think the only real answer is that in the last 61 years of the Grammys, only 10 Black artists have won Album of the Year."

The Weeknd isn't the only artist to actively speak out against the Grammys recently. Back in November of last year, Drake also said that the Grammys "may no longer matter" and compared the awards to "a relative you keep expecting to fix up."

In fact, quite a few artists have spoken out against the Grammys recently. Check out the running list here.

And be sure to keep an eye on BuzzFeed's Grammy coverage during music's biggest night.

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