Multiple international news sources are today reporting that four-time Grammy winner Drake, has withdrawn his Grammy Nominations for the 2021 awards.
The Canadian rapper was nominated in the Best Rap Album category for his Certified Lover Boy album. He was also up for Best Rap Performance for his song Way 2 Sexy (featuring Future and Young Thug).
According to Variety, Drake and his management team made the request to withdraw the nominations, and the Grammys has obliged.
Although it is still unclear why Drake made the decision, it is not surprising considering his bumpy relationship with the Recording Academy over the years.
“You already won if you have people singing your songs word for word if they’re singing in your hometown. You’re already winning, you don’t need this right here.”Drake
The rapper has only brought home the gilded gramophone four times despite receiving a whopping 47 nominations. In 2017, Drake did not submit his highly successful album More Life for any 2018 Grammy awards, even though it qualified. And in 2019 when he won Best Rap song for his massive hit single, God’s Plan, Drake slighted the awards show in his acceptance speech, claiming it holds no value.
“We play an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he said. “You already won if you have people singing your songs word for word if they’re singing in your hometown. You’re already winning, you don’t need this right here,” he said before his mic was cut off.
Drake highlighted his cynicism with the Grammys again last year when he questioned the relevance of the 62-year-old awards show, calling for it to be replaced with something new.
“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 exists now and the ones that come after,” he wrote in his Instagram Story.
Drake’s discontent with the Grammys this time was fuelled by the Recording Academy snubbing fellow Canadian artiste, The Weeknd who did not receive any nominations despite having one of the top albums and singles of 2020.
“It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just won’t change their ways. The other day 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. 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,” he said.