Sources tell Variety that the decision was made by Drake and his management and that the Grammys have honored his request, although his motivation is unclear at the time of this article’s publication.
He was nominated for Best Rap Album for his album “Certified Lover Boy” and Best Rap Performance for his song “Way 2 Sexy” (with Future and Young Thug).
Rather than give a nomination to the recipient of the sixth highest number of votes, as the Academy did when it suddenly decided to expand the first four categories from eight to 10 last month, the voting will continue with only four nominees, probably because the ballots have already been mailed to Academy members. The Grammy ballots were posted Monday morning; the Grammy website is expected to be updated shortly, removing Drake’s nominations.
Drake has had a long and at times controversial relationship with the Grammys. A year ago, he called for their replacement with “something new that we can build over time and pass on to generations to come,” after failing to recognize his peer and fellow Canadian artist The Weeknd in any of the above. its 2021. categories, although it has one of the best albums and singles of 2020.
“I think we should stop letting ourselves be shocked every year by the disconnect between punchy music and these awards and just accept that what was once the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artist that exists.” now and those who will come after, ”he wrote in his Instagram story. “It’s like a parent you expect to fix, but they just won’t change their ways. The other day I said @theweeknd was a lockdown for the album or song of the year with countless other reasonable assumptions and it never happens that way. Now is the perfect time for someone to start something new that we can build over time and pass on to future generations. “
In 2017, he refused to submit his album “More Life” for the 2018 Grammy Awards, even though he qualified; resentment around that year’s show escalated the following year after Jay-Z failed to win any awards despite being nominated for eight.
Drake also cast a shadow over the Grammys during his acceptance speech in 2019, when “God’s Plan” won the award for best rap song. The awards show that the producers cut his mic after claiming the awards were of no value.
“We play a sport based on opinion, not a sport based on facts,” he said. “You’ve already won if you have people singing your songs verbatim, if they sing in your hometown. You are already winning, you don’t need it here.
However, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. has made a strong and concerted effort to overhaul some Academy procedures and staff and effectively clean up the act of the organization following years of accusations of insider trading and self-interest. Just weeks after the 2021 awards, the Academy announced it was eliminating the ‘secret’ nomination review boards that for decades had organized the final list of nominees. And although some screamed scandal when the Academy abruptly increased the number of nominees for Best Album, Song, Record and New Artist from eight to ten last month, Mason insisted it was a decision. that was long in the work that Academy executives and board members saw an opportunity to finalize (although some suggest this was done to ensure that Taylor Swift, who had no further nominations in 2022, get one).
Variety will have more of this situation as it develops.