Drake has withdrawn his two nominations from the 2022 Grammy
In the Grammy nominations announcement ceremony a couple of weeks ago, the announcement was made that 35-year-old Drake was awarded two nominations this year – the Best Rap album for the Certified “Lover” Boy as well as the Best Rap Performance for the Future & Young Thug collab track, “Way 2 Sexy.”
According to Variety, the father of one and his managers have decided to pull his entries, and the Grammys are choosing to honour requests from the rapper. He is yet to discuss the decision in public, and at this time, the motives of his choice remain unclear.
Because ballots have already been distributed to Academy members, the article states that the voting process will take place with only four nominees instead of granting a nomination to the person who received the sixth most votes, similar to previously done.
Drake has had issues regarding Grammys over the years, and Drizzy has a total of four wins out of 47 nominations. However, in the past year, Drizzy said it was time for a change in the Grammys.
The “God’s Plan” recording artist pleaded for “something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come,” after the Academy’s outright rejection of The Weeknd despite his apparent popularity.
“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 exists now and the ones that come after,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “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.”
In 2017, Drake opted not to nominate his album “More Life” for any 2018 Grammy awards, even though it was eligible. The ruckus surrounding the Grammys that year grew more heated because Jay-Z did not win any prizes while being recommended for 8.
Drake also made fun of the Grammys in the acceptance address in 2019, in which “God’s Plan” won Best Rap Song. The awards show producers removed his microphone in protest of the fact that awards have no worth.