UPDATED: Drake has withdrawn his two 2022 Grammy nominations, a rep for the Recording Academy has confirmed to Selection. Reps for Drake didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Sources inform Selection that the choice was made by Drake and his administration and the Grammys honored the request, though his motivation was unclear on the time of this text’s publication.
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Drake was one in all 5 nominees for Greatest Rap Album, for “Licensed Lover Boy,” and for Greatest Rap Efficiency, for his tune “Means 2 Attractive” (that includes Future and Younger Thug).
Quite than giving a nomination to the recipients of the sixth-most votes, because the Academy did when it immediately determined to broaden the highest 4 classes from eight to 10 final month, the voting for these two rap classes will go ahead with simply 4 nominees, presumably as a result of the voting interval already has begun; Grammy ballots have been posted for voting members on Monday morning.
Grammy nominations have to be submitted by a consultant, often the artist’s report label, and if an artist doesn’t need their music thought-about, the label merely doesn’t submit it. The choice to take away a nomination at this late stage — after it has been submitted and introduced, not to mention on the day the ballots are posted — could also be unprecedented.
Drake’s selections of nominations have been uncommon, nonetheless. Whereas it’s unsure whether or not he selected to not submit the blockbuster “Licensed Lover Boy” or any songs from it for the massive classes — Album, Track or Document of the Yr — his absence from any of these classes on even the preliminary poll distributed to voters, which incorporates hundreds of releases, appears to counsel that he didn’t. He clearly did select to submit — and was nominated — for the 2 rap classes he has withdrawn.
Some have speculated that his determination might need one thing to do with him being named in lawsuits surrounding the tragedy on the Astroworld competition in Houston final month, the place 10 folks died when the gang rampaged throughout headliner Travis Scott’s set, which featured a visitor look from Drake. Nevertheless, Drake is scheduled to carry out with Kanye West on the “Free Larry Hoover” profit live performance in Los Angeles on Thursday, in order that clarification feels unlikely.
Drake has had a protracted and at instances contentious relationship with the Grammys. A 12 months in the past, he referred to as for them to get replaced with “one thing new that we are able to construct up over time and move on to the generations to return,” after it failed to acknowledge his peer and fellow Canadian artist the Weeknd in any of its 2021 classes, regardless of him having one of many high albums and singles of 2020.
“I feel we must always cease permitting ourselves to be shocked yearly by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and simply settle for that what as soon as was the best type of recognition could not matter to the artist that exist now and those that come after,” he wrote in his Instagram Story. “It’s like a relative you retain anticipating to repair up however they simply received’t change their methods. The opposite day I mentioned @theweeknd was a lock for both album or tune of the 12 months together with numerous different affordable assumptions and it simply by no means goes that means. It is a nice time for any individual to start out one thing new that we are able to construct up additional time and move on to the generations to return.”
In 2017, he declined to submit his album “Extra Life” for any 2018 Grammy awards, despite the fact that it certified; the rancor round that 12 months’s present intensified after Jay-Z received no awards regardless of being nominated for eight.
Drake additionally threw shade on the Grammys throughout his acceptance speech in 2019, when “God’s Plan” received Greatest Rap Track. The awards present producers minimize off his mic after he claimed awards maintain no worth.
“We play an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he mentioned. “You already received when you’ve got folks singing your songs phrase for phrase, in the event that they’re singing in your hometown. You’re already successful, you don’t want this proper right here.”
Nevertheless, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. has made a robust and concerted effort to overtake some Academy procedures and employees and successfully clear up the group’s act within the wake of years of accusations of insider offers and self-interest. Simply weeks after the 2021 awards, the Academy introduced that it was eliminating the “secret” nomination-review committees that for many years had curated the ultimate checklist of nominees. And though some cried foul when the Academy abruptly expanded the nominees for Greatest Album, Track, Document and New Artist from eight to 10 final month, Mason insisted it was a call that had lengthy been within the works that Academy execs and board members noticed a possibility to finalize (though some counsel it was accomplished to make sure that Taylor Swift, who had no different 2022 nominations, obtained one).
Selection could have extra on this case because it develops.
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