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Drake Turns Down His 2022 Grammy Nominations

Anish Vij

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Drake Turns Down His 2022 Grammy Nominations

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Drake's management team have asked the Recording Academy to remove his 2022 Grammy nomination.

Sources told Variety the decision was made by both Drake and his team, whilst his motivation remains unclear.

The "6 God" was one of five nominees for Best Rap Album, for Certified Lover Boy and for Best Rap Performance for his song 'Way 2 Sexy' (featuring Future and Young Thug).

Despite being the most streamed artist of the decade, Drizzy has only won four Grammys, whereas his peers, Jay-Z and Kanye West, have won 23 and 22 respectively.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

His relationship with the Grammys has always been under speculation and Drake - real name Aubrey Graham - was famously cut off at the 2019 awards during his acceptance speech after winning Best Rap Song for "God's Plan".

He said: "I want to take this opportunity while I’m up here to just talk to all the kids that are watching this, aspiring to do music.

“All my peers that make music from their heart that do things pure and tell the truth.

"I wanna let you know we’re playing in an opinion-based sport not a factual-based sport.

"So it’s not the NBA where at the end of the year you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions or won the games.

“This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else, or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis [Scott].

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"But my point is you’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown.

"Look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here.

"I promise you, you already won. But…”

Despite getting applause from the audience, the rapper got cut off abruptly, with the broadcast going immediately to an advert.

However, in a statement to Variety, the Grammys claim that they thought his speech was over.

“During Drake’s speech, there was a natural pause and at that moment the producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial,” Sunshine Sachs’ Michael Samonte said.

“However, the producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage to finish whatever his thoughts were.

"But Drake said he was happy with what he said and didn’t have anything to add.”

Topics: Drake, Music

Anish Vij
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