Rapper Drake Withdraws From Grammy Awards

By Ben Hamill - December 08 2021

Rapper Drake Withdraws From Grammy Awards

For most musicians getting a Grammy nomination is a moment of incredible honor. But for popular Canadian rapper Drake it seems to be something that can be shrugged off entirely. The 35-year-old received a pair of nominations, including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance, both for his song Way 2 Sexy. However, he recently announced that he is withdrawing from the awards, meaning that neither nomination is valid any longer.

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The move is certainly a big one, and most would think the stunt at least required some sort of explanation. But both Drake and his management have remained silent, requesting only that he no long be considered for the awards. Though, just because no explanation has been given, it doesn’t mean that there is no thought behind the withdrawal.

The announcement really isn’t surprising, given his rocky relationship with the ceremony as a whole. Plus, it need not be said that since his album Certified Lover Boy is amongst the best selling for 2021, meaning that he likely doesn’t need the added marketing push of a Grammy Award.

A Rocky Relationship

Last year he was open about criticizing the awards ceremony, specifically aiming his ire at how fellow Canadian performer The Weeknd was not nominated. In 2019 he was also unhappy, not only refusing to perform, but also being verbal about his misgivings.

While accepting his award for the single God’s Plan he had plenty to say, though none of it particularly supportive for the event. With award in hand, he addressed the crowd by declaring that the music industry is based entirely around opinions, and not around facts. He added that Grammy awards are given out based on groups of people that don’t understand what a mixed-race person in Canada, or a Spanish girl living in New York, actually has to say.

Ceremony Will Go On Without Him

It is certainly a big blow that Drake is withdrawing from the Grammy Awards, but naturally they will be going ahead without him. Apart from his nomination nods, other big names have also been given commendation, including jazz musician Jon Batiste, as well as Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. Batiste has so far received a total of 11 nominations.

As far as who makes the decisions is concerned, nominations are made by members of the Recording Academy, and awards made based on a standard voting system. Those interested in seeing who gets honored can check the outcomes on January 31, 2022.