Grammy Awards: Drake withdraws nominations
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Drake’s two Grammy nominations for 2022 have been withdrawn from the official website.
According to to reports, the decision was made at the request of Drake and his executives.
A Recording Academy source told Newsbeat that the Academy chose to honor his wish.
The reasons for this are currently unclear, with reps of the rapper still not responding to a request for comment.
Drake was one of five nominated for Best Rap Album, Certified Lover Boy and Best Rap Performance, Way 2 Sexy.
On the official Grammy site states that the two nominations have been removed, with no replacement entries, meaning voting for these two categories will go on with only four candidates.
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A difficult relationship
Drake has had a tough relationship with the Grammys in the past.
Last year he demanded that it be replaced with a new awards show after several artists, including The Weeknd, were overlooked.
“I think we should stop being shocked every year by the disconnect between impact music and these awards,” he said at the time.
“This is a great time for someone to start something new that we can build over time and pass on to generations to come.”
Earlier this year, the Grammys canceled their anonymous voting committees following allegations of fraud, favoritism and racism.
The Recording Academy said its voting members – which number in the thousands – will instead select next year’s nominations and winners.
In 2017, Drake was unhappy with the awards distribution after his single Hotline Bling was nominated for – and won – best rap song.
“Even though Hotline Bling isn’t a rap song, the only category they can fit me into is a rap category,” he said on his radio show OVO.
“Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t understand why.”
A year later he refused to submit his number one album More Life to be considered for awards.
And after returning to the awards ceremony in 2019, he criticized the Grammys, and award shows in general, live on television.
“I want to take this opportunity while I’m here to talk to all the kids who are watching this, aspiring to make music,” Drake said.
“I want to let you know that we are playing in an opinion-based sport, not a fact-based sport.”
Drake’s rumors aren’t the only changes made to this year’s nominations.
Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, and Annie Clark were removed from Olivia Rodrigo’s Best Album nomination list for Sour, as they were wrongly named as full-fledged co-writers.
One of Marilyn Manson’s two nominations, both for working with Kanye West, was also removed.
He is no longer nominated for Best Rap Song as a Writer in Kanye West’s Jail.
But his nomination for Kanye’s album Donda, vying for album of the year, still stands.
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