Canadian rapper Drake withdrew on Monday (6) from the Grammy Awards, removing his two nominations for music’s highest honors, sources close to the musician said.
Drake, 35, received two Grammy nominations last month in the field of rap – best rap album for “Certified Lover Boy” and best rap performance for his song “Way 2 Sexy.”
The sources said that the request to withdraw from consideration was made by the rapper and his management, but gave no reasons for the change. The Recording Academy website was being updated on Monday to remove Drake’s nominations from the Grammy list, sources said.
Drake, whose “Certified Lover Boy” was one of the best-selling albums of 2021, has a contentious relationship with the Grammys.
Last year, he criticized the Grammys for totally excluding Canadian The Weeknd from his list of nominations. In 2019, Drake refused to perform at the ceremony and later criticized the awards show on stage.
“I want you to know that we are playing a sport based on opinion, not based on fact,” he said upon accepting the Grammy for his single “God’s Plan”.
“This is a business that sometimes it depends on a bunch of people who might not understand what a half-breed boy from Canada has to say or a Spanish girl from New York or anyone else,” Drake added.
Grammy nominations are chosen by the Recording Academy members and voted on by the members. Jazz musician Jon Batiste topped the nominations this year with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER
Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 31st.
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Reference: CNN Brasil