Holy Week not satisfied with the Recording Academy’s decision to eliminate almost all secret committees responsible for selecting artists for the Grammy Awards. Although calling for great change in March, -born artist Abel Tesfaye doubled his Grammy criticisms, said different that the rule change is an “acceptance of corruption.”
Tesfaye’s crusade against the Recording Academy actually began last year close all Grammy categories despite releasing one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful albums in 2020 in After Time. His rhetoric intensified in March when he announced a Grammy boycott, explaining, “Due to secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
Well, the Grammys took over almost all of the secret committees last week, keeping them for small craft categories (packaging, producer, and liner notes) but opening them all up in a straightforward peer vote. -to-peer. It could have been like an olive branch in The Weeknd, but Tesfaye rejected the move.
“I think the industry and the public need to see a clear system in place for the victory to be celebrated, but it’s an important start,” he said. “I remain uninterested in any part of the Grammys, especially their own acceptance of corruption in all these decades. I will not submit in the future.”
To be clear, the Recording Academy has not admitted to decades of corruption. The nominee committees began in 1989 as a group of experts dedicated to the classical – and post -jazz – music categories. But in 1995, after Grammy voters embarrassed the Academy by nominating The Three Tenors and Tony Bennett for Album of the Year while limiting all hip-hop and grunge artists, the Academy expanded the use of committees, hoping that select group of experts could be an improvement to the largely older and more white base of voters.
Like many evolving policies from the 1990s, these committees have not aged well. In recent years, the Recording Academy has tried to address the issue from its origins by welcoming multiple artists of color to the voting population. Today, the Academy is about to begin a radical experiment in re -building the self -confidence of its members. Ruby Marchand, the Academy’s chief industry officer, said, “As we continue to build a more active and vibrant community membership, we are confident in the skill of our voting members to recognize the excellence of each music. year. “
While Tesfaye calls it “an important start,” he doesn’t think the Academy deserves any benefit from doubting. “Trust has crumbled over a long period of time between the Grammy organization and artists who are not wise to raise a victory flag,” he said.
For now, he is focusing his attention on charity work. “The industry can continue to thrive to share their revenue to help those in need in a variety of circumstances and to support the diverse communities that make and buy the music they sell,” he explains. “We saw some movement there and I was looking forward and inspired even more. I was concerned about making music that people loved and helped where I could. Now, my concern is what is happening in my home country. in Ethiopia and encouraged people to find out what is going on and give where they can. ”
Other than that, he may also have a new album. “If the late record is after the night hours,” he said, “Then that’s the dawn.”
Last month, The Weeknd unveiled a new version of “Save Your Tears” with Ariana Grande. In March, his debut mixtape House of Balloons finally came to streaming services on the 10th anniversary of its release.