Drake: Rapper and singer “withdraws his nominations” for the 2022 Grammy Awards | Ents & Arts News
Rapper and singer Drake withdrew both of his 2022 Grammy nominations, according to US media.
The Canadian star, a quadruple precedent Grammy winner, had been shortlisted for Best Rap Album for her sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy, and Best Rap Performance for the single Way 2 Sexy with Future and Young Thug.
However, these have now been removed from the awards website, which is maintained by the Recording Academy. Duck gave no reason for the move.
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Reuters news agency cites sources close to the musician, while The Associated Press cites sources “familiar with the decision” in reports indicating that the rapper and his management have asked the Recording Academy to withdraw his nominations.
The 35-year-old star has been nominated for 47 Grammys over the years, winning her debut for Best Rap Album in 2013, for her second album Take Care. In 2017, he won two awards – Best Rap Song and Best Rap / Sung Performance for his single Hotline Bling – and followed with another gong for Best Rap Song of 2019, for God’s Plan.
However, he has criticized the awards in previous years and has shown his displeasure at not being nominated outside of the rap category.
In 2019, he declined to perform at the ceremony and emphasized the importance of awards in his acceptance speech, saying, âIf there are people who have regular jobs who go out in the rain, under the snow, spend their hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need them here. I promised you, you’ve already won.
The speech was cut halfway.
In 2020, Drake slammed the awards for failing to name fellow Canadian star The Weeknd – who himself called the Grammys “corrupt” – despite its huge success that year.
Grammy nominations are chosen by the members of the Recording Academy and voted on by the members. Jazz musician Jon Batiste leads preselections for 2022 ceremony, with 11 nods, with Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, HER, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo also receiving multiple nominations.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday, January 31.
Sky News has reached out to representatives for Drake and the Grammys for comment.