Grammy Awards

Grammy Nominations to Be Announced After Sweeping Changes to Selection Process

The Weeknd, who collaborated on Kanye West's hit album “Donda,” has said he would no longer submit his work for Grammy consideration

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The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for its 64th Grammy Awards on Tuesday morning, but it’ll be the first year selections have been made after some sweeping changes.

The academy earlier this year ditched anonymous selection committees and now allows its more than 11,000 voters to chose nominees in certain categories, with the full membership eligible to weigh in on top honors like album and song of the year.

The shift comes after The Weeknd called the Grammys “corrupt” after he was shut out of 2021's ceremony, despite having last year’s biggest song.

Possible nominees include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and K-pop group BTS, which triumphed at Sunday's fan-voted American Music Awards. The Weeknd, who collaborated on Kanye West's hit album “Donda,” has said he would no longer submit his work for Grammy consideration.

The Weeknd just took his beef with the Grammys to another level. Months after being shut out of music’s biggest night, which many considered a major snub, the superstar revealed that he won’t be up for future nomination consideration either. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he said in a statement to The New York Times on Thursday.

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. has said he is committed to rebuilding trust in the Grammys and has worked to increase its membership.

Another change implemented to the award show is an increase in the number of nominees that will be included in the big four categories — song of the year, record of the year, album of the year and best new artists — going from eight to 10.

The Grammy Awards will be handed out Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.

Last year's ceremony was held under strict pandemic conditions. While few details about next year's ceremony have been released, the academy has committed to staging the show and using an inclusion rider, which is meant to increase diversity among those working on the ceremony at all levels.

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