Drake and the Weeknd once again did not submit their music for Grammys’ consideration this year and snubbed the Grammys’ opportunity to present them with any awards.
On Friday, voting for the 2023 Grammy Awards began, however the Toronto duo’s respective albums, Honestly, Nevermind, and Dawn FM were notably missing from the ballots. Hit singles like “Sticky” and “Sacrifice” were also absent, but Drake and The Weekend’s featured music appeared frequently throughout the ballots.
Given their open opposition to the Grammys in previous years, Drizzy and Abel’s boycott of the event is not shocking. Drake has frequently expressed his discontent with the Recording Academy, most notably in 2017 when, despite “Hotline Bling” winning two awards that year, he completely skipped the event.
“Even though Hotline Bling is not a rap song, the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category. Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m Black, I can’t figure out why. I won two awards, but I don’t even want them, because it just feels weird for some reason.”
At the 2022 Grammy Awards, Drake received nominations for “Way 2 Sexy” and “Certified Lover Boy,” but later withdrew them.
The Weeknd publicly criticized the Grammys in 2021 after his massive album After Hours was not nominated. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he declared at the time. In response, The Recording Academy changed a few of its rules, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to persuade The Weeknd to register his work.
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