Artists continue to lash out at the Grammys after The Weeknd was shut out of this year’s nominations. As rapper Drake, a 4-time Grammy winner in his own right gets into the conversation, the sentiment is swelling concerning the idea that the Grammy’s are an old, white, out of touch, musically oppressive institution that needs to be buried with 2020.
The rapper took to social media to speak on the brewing controversy.
“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, Drake wrote on his Instagram stories. “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can’t change their ways.”
Drake says he was one of many people who thought that The Weeknd “was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way.”
Despite the commercial and critical success of The Weeknd’s “After Hours” album, and many industry observers considered his single, “Blinding Lights,” a frontrunner for song of the year, he did not receive Grammy nods.
“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,” Drake said.