Has The Weeknd reconciled with Grammys? 'After Hours' singer says maybe he 'wasn’t good enough'
In an interview, The Weeknd star revealed that maybe his music was not good enough as per the standards of the Grammys adding that he no longer cared
Hours after sharing the very first look and a brand new snippet from his fifth studio effort apparently titled ‘The Dawn’, a new interview of The Weeknd surfaced on the internet where he addressed his widely-discussed Grammy snub. The R&B superstar had slammed the Recording Academy in November 2020 after they failed to give a single nod to his critically and commercially acclaimed album ‘After Hours’.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with GQ for their first-ever global issue, it seems the 31-year-old crooner had a change of heart as he revealed that maybe his music was not good enough as per the standards of the Grammys adding that he was “angry and confused” but also he no longer cared when it came to submitting new music. Social media users rushed to Twitter to speak on the same where some of them claimed that The Weeknd really wants to win a Grammy. For the unversed, the Toronto native has five Grammy wins to his name.
‘I was angry and I was confused and I was sad’
While shedding light on his Grammy snub to GQ, the ‘Can't Feel My Face’ hitmaker stated, “I guess I just wasn’t good enough” when asked what really happened with him and the Grammys. He further shared, “When it happened, I had all these ideas and thoughts. I was angry and I was confused and I was sad. But now, looking back at it, I never want to know what really happened." When asked if he will submit his new projects to the Recording Academy, The Weekend continued, “I just don’t care. Because that will never be the reason why I do what I do. It never really was before. And I’m glad that I can make music and not have to think about that. I’ll never be in that conversation ever again.” The renowned singer-songwriter concluded, “No. I mean, I have no interest. Everyone’s like, “No, just do better next time.” I will do better, but not for you. I’m going to do better for me.”
In November 2020, the singer openly slammed the Grammys for not giving him a single nomination despite his album ‘After Hours’ topping the charts. He had labeled them “corrupt” saying, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency...” A few months later the Grammys eventually gave in under the pressure and decided to drop the idea of secret committees’ involvement in the voting process. However, The Weeknd was still not elated with their decision. He then spoke to Variety, revealing that he still won’t be submitting his music to the Grammys as the trust had been broken. In an interview with The New York Times, ‘The Hills’ hitmaker had earlier said, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” The singer’s protest came after several musicians over the years complained about not getting nods in Grammys’ “Big Four” categories — Best Album, Song, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist.
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency...— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
‘The Weeknd really wants the Grammy’, claims Twitter
Social media users took to Twitter after The Weeknd’s latest comments on the Grammy snub where one user said, “I don't know if they realised it yet but Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd is bigger than Grammy could ever be!” Another posted, “the weeknd really wants the grammy.” One individual asserted, “Grammy should recognize the weeknd, katy perry and nicki first.” Whereas, one added, “Grammy really did the legend dirty. He deserved it so freaking much.” The next one claimed, “Not gonna lie, not giving Tyler the Grammy in 2018 was robbery and not nominating The Weeknd for After Hours was the BIGGEST snub.” While one person concluded, “If people think a Grammy 's gonna define Abel's music , nah man that defines your brain is full of s**t.”
I don't know if they realised it yet but Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd is bigger than Grammy could ever be! pic.twitter.com/74P7fKM52U— Austin (@zeekndboy) August 2, 2021
the weeknd really wants the grammy— Bilo (@Bilo190) August 2, 2021
grammy should recognize the weeknd, katy perry and nicki first— Gustavo (@ggreichert) August 3, 2021
Grammy really did the legend dirty. He deserved it so freaking much— 🇺🇸 namjoon thighs (@lovelyarmyu) August 2, 2021
Not gonna lie, not giving Tyler the Grammy in 2018 was robbery and not nominating The Weeknd for After Hours was the BIGGEST snub— Degenerate😈 (@JaccTheReaper) August 2, 2021