Drake reignited his long-running feud with The Recording Academy, the organizers of the Grammy Awards, by slamming the ceremony Sunday night.
The rapper took to social media before the telecast, posting a message on his Instagram Stories that used a brief clip of his 2019 Grammy acceptance speech. In the caption, he wrote “All you incredible artists remember this show isn’t the facts. It’s just the opinion of a group of people [whose] name are kept a secret (literally you can Google it). Congrats to anybody winning anything for hip-hop, but this show doesn’t dictate shit in our world.”
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In 2019, Drake received a Grammy for best rap song for “God’s Plan” and in his speech, he downplayed the significance of the award. “I want to let you know that we’re playing in an opinion-based sport. Not a factual-based sport. So it’s not the NBA where at the end of the year, you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions or won the games.”
He added, “This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York, or a brother from Houston — right there, my brother Travis [Scott].”
He continued, “But look, the point is, you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows? You don’t need this right there, I promise you,” he said of the Grammys trophy. “You already won.”
Controversially, the telecast cut to a commercial before Drake finished his speech.
Drake has been nominated for four Grammys this year — including best rap performance, best rap song, best melodic rap performance and best rap album — via a collaboration with 21 Savage, but he did not submit his own solo album For All the Dogs for consideration, and did not submit his albums Certified Lover Boy (2021) and Honestly, Nevermind (2022) for consideration either.
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