Why Did Drake Pull Out Of The Grammys?
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Why Did Drake Pull Out Of The Grammys?

byTom CrampDecember 15, 2021

Drake’s fractious relationship with the Grammys reached a new level last week as he withdrew his two nominations from the 2022 awards.

The Canadian rapper made it clear to the Recording Academy he has no interest in being honoured next year on January 31st but has yet to release an official statement on exactly why he pulled out. Reuters have reported that sources said the request to pull out was made by the rapper and his management but gave no reasons for the move.

Drake was up for best rap album for his newest album Certified Lover Boy and Best Rap Performance for his song Way 2 Sexy featuring Future and Young Thug.

Drake – Best Rap Song 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Feb 2019 – Credit: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock

Harvey Mason Jr, the Recording Academy President, addressed the issue earlier this week and said: “Anytime an artist has a concern or comment about our process we take it very seriously, and I take it very seriously.

“So when someone is unhappy or has an issue with something, we have to take a look at it. And our process is based on membership, and the members drive the process. So, anyone who says something, I have to listen to and as a team, we all take it very seriously.”

Drake has won four Grammys so far in his illustrious career and scored a total of 47 nominations. His second studio album Take Care won Best Rap Album in 2011, while 2015 smash hit Hotline Bling won Grammys for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song in 2017. The 6God scooped his fourth for God’s Plan in the Best Rap Song category a year later.

Despite his success, Drake has shared a contentious past with the awards, which levelled up a notch last year when fellow Canadian the Weeknd was snubbed at the 2020 awards, despite having arguably the biggest album and single of the year.

Drizzy called for them to be replaced with “something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.” Some have speculated that this latest move is a hangover from last year and points to the idea that Drake still isn’t over the rejection.

“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 artist that exist now and the ones that come after,” Drake wrote in his Instagram Story. “This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up overtime and pass on to the generations to come.”

He was also cut off during his acceptance speech for God’s Plan in the Best Rap Song category as he started to talk about how little value the award has.

Drake decision to withdraw has now left the Best Rap Album category wide open, with Ye’s Donda, J. Cole’s The Off-Season, Nas’ King’s Disease II and Tyler, The Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost.

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