Grammy du Weeknd boycott gave him trouble with the police, well, the villagers’ police officer. It all started when Abel Tesfaye (better known as The Weeknd) tweeted that the Grammys were “corrupt”After his album After hours received zero nominations. While that was already 100 years ago (November 2020), months later Tesfaye said he would boycott the Grammys, telling the New York Times, “Because of the secret committees. I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys. ”
The move apparently worked and the Grammys announced they would no longer use anonymous expert committees in their appointment process. The response calmed the situation as The Weeknd said it “will hopefully be a positive move for the future of this crisis-ridden prize.” However, he still won’t submit his music for review.
Well the police have something to say about all of this. No, not Sting. Victor Willis, the Village People policeman and owner of the group’s name, wrote an open letter to Weeknd about the Grammy boycott. Willis is somewhat of an expert on all things “angry with the Grammys”. Earlier this year he accused the Recording Academy for not showing respect for classical artists. Previously, the singer accused these committees to exclude black artists. In short, Willis is no slouch when it comes to making the Grammys love at first sight, so what does he think of Weeknd’s campaign? He remains unimpressed.
In an open letter to The Weeknd on Facebook, Willis told Tesfaye yesterday “Lighten”, accusing him of benefiting from the same committees he criticized. “I don’t remember you complaining about secret committees when you benefit from these secret committees,” Willis wrote. “But on one occasion the Secret Committees didn’t take advantage of you, the Grammys suddenly get corrupted, and it’s gone with their heads?”
Read the entire letter below:
Open letter to “The Weeknd”:
Pssst, “The Weeknd”, already lightens the Grammys why not cha !?
I know a thing or two about the attack on the Grammys and their once-secret committees. I have to say that you are not dealing with this in the spirit of the black protest of this important issue.
You see, while black artists like me honestly complained about secret committees, you were busy racking up one Grammy after another under those secret committees.
I don’t remember you complaining about secret committees when you benefit from these secret committees.
But on one occasion the Secret Committees didn’t take advantage of you, the Grammys suddenly get corrupted, and it’s gone with their heads?
Under the circumstances, you’re far too talented to pout about the Grammys. And it looks like you’re running out of blood despite the elimination of the Secret Committees. Negative.
This important American institution known as the Grammys has an African American (Harvey Mason) making real, significant and historic changes that will likely benefit the music industry for decades to come.
Cut the brotha a little slack!