Drake is no longer in the running for the 2022 Grammys, after withdrawing from the competition.
The “God’s Plan” artist requested his name be removed from the list of nominees for best rap album for “Certified Lover Boy” and best rap performance for “Way 2 Sexy”, Variety reports.
The Grammys website has officially removed any mention of the rapper from its 2022 nominations list.
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Still, voting for the awards was already underway when Drake announced his decision as the ballots were sent out on Monday morning.
Although Drake has not publicly shared on his social media accounts the reason for backing out of the Grammys, Variety said sources “speculated that his decision might have something to do with him being named in lawsuits surrounding the tragedy at the Astroworld festival in Houston last month.”
This is not the first time Drake has taken issue with the Recording Academy and the Grammys. Last year when fellow Canadian artist The Weeknd was not nominated for a single Grammy, Drake posted on his Instagram story: ““I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after.”
He continued, “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just won’t change their ways. The other day I said [the Weeknd] was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way. This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.”
Drake’s latest Grammy wins were in 2019 and 2017 for best rap song.
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