The Weeknd Weighs in on Grammys Changes: ‘I Remain Uninterested’


On Friday, the Recording Academy announced big changes to its nomination process at the Grammy Awards, spurred on by low ratings and high-profile artists like The Weeknd announcing that they’ve boycotted the show.

Among the adjustments, the Academy is eliminating “secret” nominating committees that decided the biggest awards – that’s been the subject of controversy for a while.

Now, the man who sparked those reforms is speaking out, and he told Variety he’s still not impressed. The Weeknd went on the record to say, “I remain uninterested in being a part of the Grammys, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting in the future.”

While the Grammys technically have issued no such admission of guilt, The Weeknd’s manager added support for the statement, adding, “I’m glad we stood for our beliefs.”

Meanwhile, the Academy struck a different tone, citing the rule changes as a step in the right direction. “I’m immensely proud to be able to continue our journey of growth with these latest updates to our Awards process,” said Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s Chair & Interim President/CEO.

So where do YOU stand on the issue? Is it enough for the Grammys to eliminate the secret committees, or do we need to wait and see until some new nominations come out before we celebrate?

Sound off on Twitter and Facebook. ‘Til then, at least we know where The Weeknd’s head is at.

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