Drake, the Canadian rap artist, requested that his two Grammy nominations be pulled this year, and the Recording Academy complied, according to various sources.
Drake was nominated for two rap prizes at the January presentation, but his mega-hit album “Certified Lover Boy” was inexplicably left out of the general field categories, and the musician has previously fought with the Academy.
The musician is also facing various lawsuits in connection with a rap event in Texas last month that resulted in the deaths of ten fans due to a lethal crowd surge.
Drake’s management provided no justification for his request.
According to a source close to the artist, Drake and his management made the decision, which was recognised by the Grammys.
Drake’s nominations have been pulled from the official Grammys website, just before final-round ballot voting began, according to a Recording Academy source aware with the request.
Drake has received four Grammy Awards, making him one of the most successful and influential performers in the world.
He accused the Grammys of pigeonholing him as a rapper because he is Black in a 2017 interview.
“The only genre they can fit me in is rap,” he stated on Apple’s Beats 1 radio. “Perhaps because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m Black,” he added.
Drake expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that Black hip-hop artists are not always given their due at the 2019 Grammys.
Drake won his lone win for Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan,” saying, “We play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport.”
“In this business, it’s sometimes up to a group of individuals who don’t comprehend what a mixed-race child from Canada is saying.”
The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and Jay-Z, among other renowned Black artists, have all criticised the Grammys as meaningless in recent years, citing the awards’ failure to recognise Black artists.
Drake was sued last month for “inciting mayhem” after appearing in the final 15 minutes of Travis Scott’s headline act at the Astroworld event, after police had declared an emergency.
On January 31, the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles.
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