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Why Artists Like The Weeknd Are Boycotting the Grammys

Many artists are fed up with the disappointing Grammy nominations and taking a stand.

Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd

When the 2021 Grammy nominations were announced, they were met with backlash from artists who felt snubbed, confined into the wrong categories, or who generally have distaste for award shows.

As the show nears, set to air on Sunday March 14th, more artists have taken a stand against the institution and are boycotting this year's ceremony.

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The Weeknd

In the midst of a pandemic year, The Weeknd's Super Bowl performance was one of the only sanctioned live major media performance events.

Watching it felt kind of like being in an alternate reality, appropriate for a performer who has always been a self-designed enigma. Even though The Weeknd gave us a relatively unvarnished presentation — he wore one outfit and bared his regular face to the crowd — the performance still felt surreal.

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I know, I know.

This pandemic has taken everything. Friends, family, sacred holidays, graduations, friendships that could have been. When will it end? When will vaccines be distributed worldwide? Sometimes it feels like we're trapped in a hellish loop — and maybe we are, reaping the fallout of our past sins.

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It is hard to imagine music without Drake.

For over a decade, he's been one of the most influential figures not just in Hip-Hop but in music period. He went from a child actor to Lil Wayne's protege to a G.O.A.T. in his own right. Drake's consistency and diversity are what keeps him at the top of the mountain.

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Culture Feature

9 Celebrities Who Need to Get Vaccinated (for Our Mental Health)

As COVID vaccines start to roll out, we're hoping these famous people don't hesitate to get immunized.

On Wednesday Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen received his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and said that he felt "euphoric."

Frankly, we felt the same way. At 81 years old McKellen is in a high-risk category for a severe case of COVID. Knowing that the beloved actor and gay rights activist is on his way to immunity is one small anxiety we can remove from the heaping pile of fear and tragedy that has been growing since March.

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Music Features

5 Years of "TRAPSOUL": Has Bryson Tiller's Debut Aged Well?

The singer recently announced a deluxe re-release of the project will drop this Friday

If we've learned one thing about Bryson Tiller over the last five years, it's that he is a heartfelt person.

"Every day I prayed that this music thing would work so I could give you the life I feel like you deserve," he wrote in one of the many Instagram captions dedicated to his eldest daughter. The singer, who recently welcomed another baby girl with his longtime partner Kendra Bailey, praises his children so often on social media that his two daughters have become as synonymous with Tiller's identity as the somber R&B he curates.

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