- The Grammy Awards announced Drake’s removal from the competition on Monday.
On Monday, the Grammys organization announced Drake’s withdrawal from the competition, adding another twist to the Toronto-raised artist’s tumultuous relationship with the music accolade.
According to a spokesperson, the Recording Academy revoked Drake’s two nominations at the request of the artist and his management.
With “Certified Lover Boy,” Drake was nominated for the best rap album, while “Way 2 Sexy,” a collaboration with Future and Young Thug, was nominated for best rap performance.
As the last round of voting began on Monday, an academy spokesperson confirmed Drake would be pulled from the ballot.
Spokespeople for the rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, declined to comment on the song, and his reasons for withdrawing were unknown.
Despite winning four Grammys and receiving scores of nominations, Drake has had a rocky relationship with the awards show.
After the Weeknd was snubbed by the Grammys last year, he came to his friend’s defense, posting on Instagram that the awards “no longer matter” and that it was time to “create something new.”
Drake did not offer his album “More Life” for consideration in 2018.
A year later, he defied expectations by attending the ceremony to accept the award for the best rap song. While holding his trophy, he informed the audience that winning prizes isn’t required as long as performers have fans attending their live acts.
“It’s not the NBA,” he explained, “where you hold a trophy at the end of the year because you made the correct decisions and won the games.”
“In this profession, it’s sometimes up to a group of individuals who don’t comprehend what a mixed-race youngster from Canada, a Spanish fly girl from New York, or anyone else has to say.”
After his chart-topping album “After Hours” and smash single “Blinding Lights” failed to receive a single nomination last year, The Weeknd stated he would no longer allow his company to submit his music for consideration.
Despite this, the Toronto R&B singer, born Abel Tesfaye, was surprised to receive three nominations this year for collaborations, including a duet with Lil Baby on Kanye West’s “Hurricane,” which is up for best melodic rap performance, and appearances on Doja Cat’s deluxe edition “Planet Her” and West’s “Donda,” which are both up for the best album.
With eight nominations, Justin Bieber is Canada’s leading nominee this year, but he, too, has expressed dissatisfaction with the Grammys. He grumbled last year that his songs were nominated in pop categories, although he believed them to be R&B music.
Source: CTV News
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