Canadian rapper Drake withdrew from the Grammy Awards on Monday, withdrawing his two nominations for the highest musical accolades, sources close to the musician said. Drake, 35, earned two Grammy nominations last month in rap – best rap album for “Certified Lover Boy” and best rap performance for his song “Way 2 Sexy”.
The sources said the request to withdraw the review was made by the rapper and his management, but gave no reason for the decision. The Recording Academy website was updated on Monday to remove Drake’s nominations from the Grammy list, the sources said. Drake, whose “Certified Lover Boy” was one of the best-selling albums of 2021, has a controversial relationship with the Grammys.
Last year, he criticized the Grammys for completely excluding fellow Canadian The Weeknd from his nominations list. In 2019, Drake declined to perform at the ceremony, then criticized the awards show from the stage. “I want you to know that we play in a sport based on opinion and not on facts,” he said as accepting the Grammy for his single “God’s Plan”.
“It’s a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a Spanish fly from New York or whoever else,” said added Drake. Grammy nominations are chosen by the members of the Recording Academy and voted on by the members. Jazz musician Jon Batiste https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/jon-batiste-leads-grammy-nominations-with-11-justin-bieber-gets-eight-2021-11-23 led the nominations this year with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 31.
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