Posting to his Instagram story on Wednesday evening, Drake questioned the award show’s relevance after fellow Toronto native The Weeknd failed to receive any nominations for his acclaimed 2020 album “After Hours.”
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after,” he said.
“It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up, but they just can’t change their ways.”
He continued to explain that he â€” like many others â€” thought The Weeknd was a certain bet for at least album of the year, and that maybe it’s time for a new awards system to be created for the future.
“The other day I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way,” he said. “This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.”
The Weeknd himself responded to the nominations with a series of tweets in which he said: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency.”
In a recent development, Variety reported that The Weeknd and the Recording Academy “were at odds” over him performing at the award show in January, as well as the Super Bowl halftime show in February. The two performances would have been just one week apart.
Drake received two nominations this year for best music video and best rap/sung performance; however, this isn’t the first time he has spoken out against the Recording Academy.
Memorably in 2019 when picking up best rap song for “God’s Plan,” his acceptance speech was cut short after he challenged the relevance of awards shows.
He said: “Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you. You already won.”