Drake has had his two nominations for the Grammy’s withdrawn. He was shortlisted for ‘Best Rap Album’ and ‘Best Rap Performance’.
Drizzy is yet to explain why he has asked to be removed from the list of nominees. However, it’s not the first time he’s had an altercation with the ceremony. After ‘Hotline Bling’ won Best Rap Song in 2017, Drake chose not to submit More Life for consideration because the track didn’t feature rap despite winning the award.
“Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m Black, I can’t figure out why,” he told Beats at the time. “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.”
Last year when the organisation shunned The Weeknd, Drake offered his support to his compatriot. He even suggested the awards should be replaced by “something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come”.
He wrote on Instagram, “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 artists that exist now and the ones who come after.”
There will be no replacement nominees taking Drake’s place.