Last Friday (April 30), the Recording Academy announced changes to its 2022 Grammy nominations process. Grammy nominations will no longer be finalized by committees of 15 to 30 music industry “peers”. representing their “gender communities”. Instead, the final pool of nominees for nearly all of the Grammy Awards will be decided by a majority vote of the voting members of the Academy.
Despite the changes, the Weeknd affirmed its boycott of the Grammys. In a new statement to Le New York Times, he said, “While I will not submit my music, the recent admission of corruption from the Grammys will hopefully be a positive step for the future of this troubled prize and give the artist community the respect it deserves with a transparent voting process. “
Talk with Variety, added The Weeknd, “Trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and the performers that it would be unwise to raise the flag of victory. He also said, “I think the industry and the public need to see the transparent system actually in play for the victory to be celebrated, but it’s an important start. I remain indifferent to being a part of the Grammys, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not submit in the future. “
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for the Weeknd and the Recording Academy for comment and more information.