March 5, 2024

Drake has once again aired his grievances with the GRAMMY Awards and the Recording Academy, continuing a history of dissatisfaction dating back to 2017 when he notably skipped the prestigious event.

In a recent Instagram Story post, the chart-topping rapper shared a video clip of himself accepting a GRAMMY in the past year. In the video, Drake expressed his perspective on success, stating, “You’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word if you’re a hero in your hometown.”

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Drake emphasized his critical perspective in the caption accompanying the video, reminding fellow artists that the show represents the opinions of an anonymous group and has little influence on the hip-hop world. He congratulated hip hop winners, asserting that the awards show holds limited influence in their world.


Drake’s critique comes despite his two nominations for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards. Interestingly, the rapper had publicly refused to submit his solo music for consideration in the 2023 season. The nominations he received were for his featured work on two tracks, ‘Churchill Downs’ by Jack Harlow and ‘WAIT FOR U’ by Future, both vying for the title of Best Rap Song.

Drake’s discontent with the GRAMMY Awards traces back to 2017 when he opted to skip the ceremony after criticizing the Academy’s classification of his hit ‘Hotline Bling’ in the rap genre rather than pop.

In 2022, the rapper escalated his protest by withdrawing nominations for both his album, Certified Lover Boy, and the track ‘Way 2 Sexy’. During an interview on Apple’s Beats 1, Drake voiced dissatisfaction with being exclusively categorized as a rapper, emphasizing his identity as a Black artist.

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