Drake doesn’t want to wait any longer to talk about the Grammy Awards. The Canadian rap superstar asked the organizers to withdraw his two nominations and the Recording Academy granted his request, we learned on Monday from sources close to the protagonists.
The artist may well have been selected among the candidates for two prizes in the “rap” category, his hit album Certified Lover Boy was royally ignored in by far the most high-profile generalist categories in nominations last month. In the past, the artist has come up against the Academy of the record, which he accuses of snubbing it.
A 64th ceremony on January 31
However, no explanation was given by those close to Drake about his request to withdraw the appointments. A source close to the artist said that the decision was taken by mutual agreement between Drake and his team and that the organizers of the Grammy Awards had accepted. A source from the Recording Academy confirmed these details and Drake’s nominations had disappeared from the list appearing on the official Grammy website, whose 64th ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on January 31.
Drake, considered one of the most influential musicians today, has only four Grammy Awards to his name. In a 2017 interview, he accused the Grammys of confining him to the rapper category because he is black. During the 2019 ceremony, the singer had once again criticized the Grammys for not treating black hip-hop artists at their fair value.
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“It’s a sector that sometimes depends on a small group of people who do not understand what a Métis kid from Canada can have to say,” he said, receiving his only prize of the evening. Other black artists, like The Weeknd, Frank Ocean and Jay-Z, have also lambasted Grammy picks in recent years, accusing them of leaving black musicians behind.