THE WEEKND SAYS HE’LL CONTINUE BOYCOTTING GRAMMYS DESPITE RULE CHANGES

The top four categories will no longer be voted on by the Recording Academy’s controversial nomination review committees, but that doesn’t mean the artist, who was memorably snubbed by the music awards last year, is ready to make amends.

The Weeknd (Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Images)

The top four categories will no longer be voted on by the Recording Academy’s controversial nomination review committees, but that doesn’t mean the artist, who was memorably snubbed by the music awards last year, is ready to make amends.

If the Recording Academy was attempting to appease naysayers by axing the anonymous review committees who, for years, have determined the nominees for major categories at the Grammys, it failed to win over one of its biggest critics: the Weeknd, who affirmed his boycott of the awards show on Monday.

The rule change was announced Friday, with the academy stating that the categories previously decided by the nominations review committees—consisting of “15-30 highly skilled music peers who represented and voted within their genre communities”—will now be determined on votes made by the academy’s 11,000-plus members.

The Weeknd may see the major change as a step in the right direction, but that doesn’t mean he’s backing down from his decision to boycott the Grammys.

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