Drake withdrew his nominations for the 2022 Grammys but the reason is unknown.
The Toronto rapper received nods for Best Rap Album for Certified Lover Boy and Best Rap Performance for “Wayt Too Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug.
The ceremony is set for January 28, 2022 at the Crypto.com arena, formerly known as the Staples Center, in Los Angeles.
Variety reported that Drake submitted the request to withdraw from the Grammys.
Nominations for Best Rap Album includes The Off-Season by J. Cole, King’s Disease II by Nas, Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator, and Donda by Kanye West.
Meanwhile the nominees for Best Rap Performance are “Family Ties” by Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Up” by Cardi B, “M Y . L I F E” by J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray, and “Thot S***” by Megan Thee Stallion.
Drake has a jagged relationship with the Grammys. After the Recording Academy failed to recognize The Weeknd’s After Hours and “Blinding Lights.” He urged for the creation of “something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come” in replacement of the coveted award show.
“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,” he wrote in his Instagram Story. “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.”
This isn’t Drake’s first protest against the Grammys. He didn’t even submit More Life for consideration although it qualified.
While accepting the award for Best Rap Song for God’s Plan, he claimed the award didn’t hold any value and the producers cut his mic off.
“We play an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he said. “You already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if they’re singing in your hometown. You’re already winning, you don’t need this right here.”
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