Drake is not happy with the Recording Academy after some of his favorite artists were snubbed during nominations (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
The rapper has won four Grammys to date but that hasn’t stopped him from being critical about the Recording Academy in the past.
As the world reacted to the surprising news artists like The Weeknd – real name Abel Teysafe – failed to get a single nomination ahead of next years’ ceremony, Drake claimed fans should stop being ‘shocked’ by such outcomes.
He wrote in a lengthy post: ‘I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after.
‘It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can’t change their ways. The other day I said @theweekend was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way.’
He continued: ‘This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.’
The Weeknd has accused the Recording Academy of being ‘corrupt’ (Picture: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
The God’s Plan hitmaker went on to shout out artists Lil Baby, Pop Smoke, PartyNextDoor and Popcaan who he felt had also been overlooked as he added: ‘too many missing names to even name…’
His comment came after the head of the Grammy Awards spoke out to refute The Weeknd’s claim the Recording Academy was ‘corrupt’.
The singer made the claim online as he wrote: ‘The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…’
Harvey Mason Jr, who is the interim president and CEO of the Recording Academy, then responded in a statement to Billboard: ‘We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent.
‘We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before.’
He added: ‘To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process.’
The Grammys is set to take place on January 31, 2021.
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