Grammys 2021: Artists who have boycotted the Grammys in the past

Grammys2021 Updates: Just a few days before the ceremony of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, The Weeknd announced that he will be boycotting the Grammys, and that he will no longer be submitting songs for the music industry’s most prestigious annual awards show.

His outburst comes after he was snubbed by the said award show, and not given a single nomination, even after having topped the charts with his single ‘Blinding Lights’, and his 2020 album, ‘After Hours’. ‘Blinding Lights’ spent 52 weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and still was not given a single nomination.

The Weeknd is not the first artist who has stood up against the Grammys. There has been a history of other famous artists who have stood up against the Recording Academy and claimed that they were ”unfair and ‘corrupt’.

Just recently, after the announcement of the 2021 Grammy nominees, artists other than the Weeknd spoke against the Recording Academy.


Famous pop star Halsey also spoke up against the Grammys, after she received no nominations, despite having a successful album.

“It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshakes and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as ‘not-bribes,’” Halsey wrote on her Instagram story. “And if you get that far, it’s about committing to exclusive TV performances and making sure you help the Academy make their millions in advertising on the night of the show,” she continued.

“Perhaps sometimes it is (!!!) but it’s not always about the music or quality or culture.”

Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj also took to her social media to slam the award show. “Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver.”, she wrote.

Zayn Malik

Almost after four months of the announcement of the 2021 nominations, Zayn Malik took to his twitter account to slam the Grammys. While many argued that his outburst comes after being snubbed by the award show, others said that he was slamming the Grammys in general and not because he wasn’t nominated.

Criticism from artists in the last few years

The Grammys have previously also been boycotted by several artists, specially those artists who rapped, and had an R&B style.

Jay Z

While Jay Z has accepted 21 Grammy Awards throughout his career, he still made sure to voice out his opinions. “Rappers deserve more attention from the Grammy committee and from the whole world. If it’s got a gun, everybody knows about it; but if we go on a world tour, no one knows.”, he had said back in 2002.

Rick Ross

Rapper Rick Ross has his history of being constantly snubbed and overlooked by the Grammys. He even stopped attending the ceremonies. “I respect the Grammys, being a writer. But me being an artist representing hip-hop? No.”

Frank Ocean

As a way of boycotting the Grammys, Frank Ocean decided to deliberately miss the deadline to submit his two new albums for consideration at the awards, and chose to instead make a statement that gained huge support.

“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” he shared with The New York Times in his first in-depth interview in three years. “It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.” He then went on to clarify, “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”

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