The singer is up for four awards, but according to reports, he is angry that his song “Changes” was nominated in the Pop category because he says it is an R&B song.
Each year, the Grammy nominations kick off a new round of contentious moves from artists, but the award show in 2021 has turned into a full-fledged brawl. The Weeknd’s omission represents a lost opportunity that fans, musicians, and business insiders are still struggling to comprehend. After Hours was a No. 1 charting album for a year and spawned its own cinematic-style phenomenon, but The Weeknd didn’t receive a nomination in either category. For years, the Recording Academy has been accused of being out of contact with the cult. The Recording Academy has long been accused of being out of touch with mainstream culture, and The Weeknd replied by declaring that he would skip the ceremony for the remainder of his career and would never submit his music for consideration.
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The Weeknd wasn’t the only person who has had issues with the Grammys. Fellow Canadian Justin Bieber wasn’t happy when his Changes album was nominated in various Pop categories but not in R&B. “To the Grammys, I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry. I am very meticulous and intentional about my music,” Bieber shared back in November 2020. “‘Changes’ was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album, which is very strange to me. I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound.”
Page Six announced on Thursday (March 11) that Bieber would not attend the Grammy Awards this weekend because Changes did not receive the R&B attention he desired. Quavo, Kehlani, Summer Walker, and Travis Scott were among the artists who contributed to the record. Changes can be found below, and let us know if you think the Grammys are losing their clout in the industry.