The ballot for the 2023 Grammy Awards is now available, and it shows that Drake and the Weeknd are still refusing to submit their work for consideration. Both artists frequently appear on the ballot for their guest appearances, yet their respective qualified solo albums—Honestly, Nevermind, and Dawn FM—as well as their top solo singles, including "Sticky" and "Sacrifice," are nowhere to be found.
Drake has long voiced his displeasure with the Grammys and the Recording Academy, most notably by missing the ceremony in 2017 and railing against the organisation for including "Hotline Bling" in rap categories despite his insistence that it belonged in the pop category. After Certified Lover Boy and "Way 2 Sexy" received nominations the previous year, he withdrew his tracks from consideration.
After failing to receive any nominations for the wildly popular album After Hours or any of its singles, The Weeknd started his boycott of the Grammys in 2021. He declared at the time, "Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys," and he stuck to that position even after the Recording Academy amended some of its guidelines. The Weeknd's efforts to Kanye West's "Hurricane" earned him the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance despite his boycott.
The most contemplative, melodic, and revealing work of Abel Tesfaye's career, it was conceptualised around listening to a retro-pop radio station in purgatory.