Just days after the Recording Academy announced that it was scrapping its controversial Grammy nomination review committees, The Weeknd said he will still be boycotting the awards. Before this year's Grammy Awards -- where he was shut out of nominations for his best-selling After Hours album -- the singer born Abel Tesfaye slammed the nominating process as unfair and announced that he was boycotting the show going forward.
In particular, he called out the "secret committees" that pushed his hand in the decision. In a statement to The New York Times on Monday (May 3) the singer acknowledged the change toward more transparency, but remained unmoved.
“Even though I won’t be submitting my music, the Grammys’ recent admission of corruption will hopefully be a positive move for the future of this plagued award and give the artist community the respect it deserves with a transparent voting process,” the Weeknd said in a statement about the Grammy Awards ending the reliance on panels of unnamed committee members in deciding the final list of names on ballots in dozens of major categories.