Both the 32-year-old singer for Blinding Lights and the 35-year-old rapper have made the decision that they will not allow their labels to submit their work to the Recording Academy. The two Canadian artists have chosen to take on the 65-year-old institution for the second year in a row. Both of the musicians have previously complained about the Recording Academy’s methods.
The Weeknd declared his Grammy boycott last year in part as a result of the voters’ failure to recognize his critically praised album, After Hours. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” the Weeknd said.
In an interview with Billboard that was released in January 2021, he talked about being passed over by the Grammys.
“I use a sucker punch as an analogy. Because it just kind of hit me out of nowhere. I definitely felt…I felt things. I don’t know if it was sadness or anger. I think it was just confusion. I just wanted answers. Like, ‘What happened?”’
Additionally, in the past, Drake has criticized the Recording Academy. In 2017, both Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance nominations went to his song Hotline Bling.