Astonishing as it is, The Weeknd has not received any Grammy nominations. The artist released a new album, After Hours, critically acclaimed, but did not hit the mark among members of the Recording Academy. For the artist, there is a problem of corruption within the institution.
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“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency … “The Weeknd wrote on Twitter.
The head of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason, Jr., answered him in the pages of Variety. According to him, there is no rigging. The Weeknd was just unlucky. “It all comes down to the body of voters who decide. We have eight categories of nominations to fill (in the four most prestigious: Best Album, Song, Recording and New Artist), five more and the voters vote for their favorites. We look at it every year, improve and revise the process. We did it this year, last year and will do it next year. I don’t think that can be questioned, honestly. The process is there so that we can continue to manage excellence … “he said.
He then added that the voters are music professionals and they are the crème de la crème. “There are a lot of artists. They’ve put a critical ear to every song that ended up on their desktop – or virtual desktop – so I don’t think that shows a lack in the process. (…) All records are treated as fairly as possible, ”said the head of the Recording Academy.