The rapper took to social media to complain about it.
“I feel we must always cease permitting ourselves to be shocked yearly by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and simply settle for that what as soon as was the very best type of recognition could now not matter to the artists that exist now and those that come after,” Drake wrote on his Instagram stories. “It is like a relative you retain anticipating to repair up however they simply cannot change their methods.”
Regardless of the business and demanding success of The Weeknd’s “After Hours” album, and plenty of business observers thought-about his single, “Blinding Lights,” a frontrunner for tune of the 12 months, he didn’t obtain Grammy nods.
Drake wrote that he, too, had thought that The Weeknd “was a lock for both album or tune of the 12 months together with numerous different affordable assumptions and it simply by no means goes that approach.”
“It is a nice time for any person to start out one thing new that we are able to construct up over time and go on to the generations to come back,” Drake stated.
“The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers and the business transparency,” he wrote.
Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s chair and interim president/CEO, stated in an announcement to CNN “We perceive that The Weeknd is disillusioned at not being nominated.”
“I used to be shocked and may empathize with what he is feeling. His music this 12 months was wonderful, and his contributions to the music group and broader world are worthy of everybody’s admiration,” the assertion continued.
“We had been thrilled after we discovered he could be performing on the upcoming Tremendous Bowl and we might have liked to have him additionally carry out on the GRAMMY stage the weekend earlier than. Sadly, yearly, there are fewer nominations than the variety of deserving artists.”
For years The Recording Academy has been the goal of criticism that it’s out of step with the preferences of customers and has failed to acknowledge girls and artists of coloration equally.
Nicki Minaj appeared to echo that latter level when she tweeted after the nominations “Always remember the Grammys did not give me my finest new artist award after I had 7 songs concurrently charting on billboard & greater first week than any feminine rapper within the final decade- went on to encourage a technology. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver.”
Singer Teyana Taylor tweeted that there have been no feminine nominees in one of the best R&B album class.
Justin Bieber, who racked up nominations in each the pop and nation classes, complained that he needs to be vying for R&B awards.
“To the Grammys I’m flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry,” he wrote in a statement posted on his verified Instagram account. “I’m very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being stated, I got down to make an R&B album. Adjustments was, and is, an R&B album. It isn’t being acknowledged as an R&B album which may be very unusual to me.”