Withdrawal from Grammys
Drake has made a shocking move to withdraw from his 2022 Grammy nominations. The chart-topping superstar will no longer be in the running for Best Rap Performance (for Way 2 Sexy) and neither for Best Rap Album (for Certified Lover Boy).
Variety reports that his decision was made following the discussions with his management team, yet the reason still remains a mystery.
Fans have speculated that it may linked to the 35-year-old singer’s previous complaints against The Recording Academy.
In 2017, Drake took home Best Rap Song for his hit ‘Hotline Bling’, but the category left him with little to celebrate.
“I feel almost like alienated or you’re trying to purposely alienate me by making me win rap awards; Or either just pacify me by handing me something; putting me in that category, ‘cos it’s the only place you can figure out where to put me,” he spoke up about the racial profiling with Beats1 after the win.
In 2018, he refused to submit his album, More Life (2017), to the award show.
Commonalities among Drake, The Weeknd, & Zayn Malik.
Drake is not the only artist who has recently called out the Grammys.
The Weeknd is also not submitting his music after falling victim to perhaps the biggest snub in Grammys history; as he received no nominations in the 2021 ceremony despite Blinding Lights being the biggest single of the year and After Hours being one of the most critically and commercially-success album.
He later summarized his thoughts in a tweet saying, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
Earlier this year, Zayn Malik also took to Twitter to echo similar frustrations and urge “the need for inclusion and the lack of transparency of the nomination process and the space that creates and allows favoritism, racism, and networking politics to influence the voting process.”
With Drake’s move coming at the same time as the opening of the voting process, all eyes will be on the winner and snubs of the 64th Annual Grammy Awards scheduled to take place on 31st January 2022.