As the Grammys once again snubbed several racialized artists, some wonder if music’s biggest night still matters.
Several artists of colour blasted The Recording Academy for being shut out of nominations for the 2021 ceremony, including Canadian R&B crooner The Weeknd, who took to Twitter after receiving zero nods for his highly successful record, After Hours.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he wrote on the social media platform. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
After Hours was one of 2020’s biggest albums, topping the charts with the single Blinding Lights which broke the record for most weeks spent in the Billboard Hot 100’s top five.
Dalton Higgins, a music scholar, author and Ryerson University’s Music-Professional-In-Residence, says the Grammys snub is not surprising given the awards’ historical track record of being completely out of touch with Black music.