Drake was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2021 for his work on “Certified Lover Boy.” The Toronto rapper got the nods for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance (“Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug). Drake has now withdrawn his nominations voluntarily, according to Variety.
The motivation for the move is unclear currently. Drake submitted “Certified Lover Boy” for award consideration back in early November. This surprised fans, as Drizzy previously didn’t have a lot of good things to say about the Grammys.
After winning Best Rap Song at the 2019 ceremony, Drake disparaged the very award he was accepting. He doesn’t think awards shows are a good reflection of the true impact of music. That could be the reason he’s no longer interested.
“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. 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 overtime and pass on to the generations to come.”
Speculation also points to Drake’s potential involvement in lawsuits related to the Astroworld tragedy. He was named in several lawsuits relating to the horrific event that left 10 concertgoers dead in a crowd stampede. There are plenty of reasons for him to boycott the Grammy show.
In the past, Drake has called for a new awards show to replace the Grammy Awards. Since then, the recording industry has made great effords to overhaul their procedures. It might have been too little, too late for the Six God.
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