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The Weeknd To Boycott Music Submission To The Grammys

The Weeknd To Boycott Music Submission To The Grammys

Ahead of the Grammy Awards scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 14, Canadian singer, Abel Tesfaye, popularly known as The Weeknd, has revealed that he is boycotting the event.

This follows the snub he received in the nominations list. His hit single 'Blinding Lights', which was the biggest seller in the world last year, was not nominated in any category. The song has been in the Top 10 for 52 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

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In a statement to The New York Times, the 31-year-old said that he will no longer be allowing his label to submit his music to the Grammys. 

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He said, "Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys."

Speaking with NYT in response to The Weeknd's statement, Harvey Mason Jr, the Recording Academy's interim chief executive, said that "We're all disappointed when anyone is upset, but I will say that we are constantly evolving."

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He further added that this year, as in the past, the organizers will take a hard look at "how to improve our awards process, including the nomination review committees."

The Weeknd is not the first artiste to withdraw from the ceremony and future events. Black stars such as Drake, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean, have all had similar views about Grammy Awards in the past.

Drake declined to submit his 2018 album More Life for Grammys consideration, while Frank Ocean chose not to participate in 2017.

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