Drake is speaking out after The Weeknd was snubbed at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
The 34-year-old “Hotline Bling” performer took to his Instagram Story on Wednesday (November 25) to share a statement in support of the 30-year-old “Blinding Lights” singer, while also saying the Grammys have lost their relevance.
“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 before,” Drake wrote. “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up by they just can’t change their ways.”
Despite critical and commercial success, The Weeknd‘s latest album After Hours didn’t receive a single Grammy nomination. He later called the Grammys “corrupt.”
“The other day I said the 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,” Drake continued. “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 was nominated for three awards at the upcoming show, including Best Rap Song for “Laugh Now Cry Later.”
See which music exec also came to The Weeknd‘s defense.