After his highly controversial snubs at the 2021 Grammy Awards, the singer-songwriter The weekend said he would no longer submit his music for review, citing “secret panels” (probably meaning nominating review boards) as the reason. However, The Weeknd is far from the first artist to have beef with the Grammys. Whether it’s not attending the awards, dispelling the institution outright, and not submitting their work, here are a few artists who have also decided to declare a boycott of the Grammys over the years.
Acclaimed R&B singer-songwriter made headlines in 2016 for his decision not to submit his album “Blonde” for review. It was an unexpected choice considering that Ocean was not only a previous Grammy winner, but “Blonde” was highly acclaimed and surely would have had love somewhere. Ocean explained his decision to the New York Times, stating that “[the recording academy] just doesn’t seem to represent very well for the people who come from where I’m from, and hold what I hold.
Ocean then clashed with a longtime Grammy producer Ken ehrlich, who responded to Ocean’s criticism of the Grammys by saying that Ocean’s disappointing musical performance on the 2013 telecast was to blame for his sour grapes and that if he felt it, he should attend the show and happen again. Ocean fired back, calling the Grammys ‘old’ while dispelling the institution for awards Taylor Swift“1989” for album of the year Kendrick Lamar“To Pimp A Butterfly” in 2016, calling it “hands down one of the most ‘flawed’ moments on TV.”
Grande is one of the many artists who boycotted the 2019 ceremony by not attending, although her case is different from the others. From what we know, Grande was shocked by comments from Grammy producer Ehrlich (again) that she would not be performing at this year’s Grammys due to late planning, claiming that she was not performing at this year’s Grammys. she “felt it was too late for her to do anything.”
“I kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying on me”, Grande applauds quickly to Ehrlich on Twitter. “I can put on a performance overnight and you know it, Ken. It was when my creativity and personal expression were stifled by you that I decided not to attend. Grande didn’t come to the show at all, let alone the performance, although she ended up winning her first career trophy at this event, thank voters on Twitter for his victory in the best pop album for “Sweetener”. She later returned to the Grammy stage the following year and made peace with Ehrlich.
Actor and musician Donald glover, also known as Childish Gambino, had a big 2018 with his instantly viral song “This Is America” which received a great reception and also became his first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of Glover was reflected in the nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, where he won nominations for Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Rap / Sung Performance and Best Music Video – all for “This.” Is America ”- as well as Best R&B song for its breeze track“ Feels Like Summer ”. Gambino ended up sweeping his four “This is America” names, making “This Is America” the first hip-hop song to win in the general realm.
So it was confusing that the big winner wasn’t even there, leaving Ludwig Goransson (“This Is America” co-writer and producer) to deliver the acceptance speeches for the rest of the night. While Gambino has never stated the reason for his absence, many attribute it to the lack of representation of hip-hop, especially in the general realm.
The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Another actor / musician, Will smith, won the first prize for best rap performance at the Grammys of 1989 for his song “Parents Just Don’t Understanding” with DJ Jazzy Jeff . However, due to the Grammys’ treatment of the rap genre, excluding many rap artists (especially in the top races) and not even televising the rap categories, Smith and Jazzy Jeff decided to boycott, joined by several other nominees. in the same category. They will end up winning another Grammy a few years later for their hit “Summertime”, for the best rap performance of a duo or a group.
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