Drake Removed His name from 2022 Grammy Nominations
Drake has withdrawn his two 2022 Grammy nominations.
Although his motivation remained unclear at the time of publishing, the Grammys honoured his request, according to sources.
Drake was nominated for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance for “Certified Lover Boy” and “Way 2 Sexy” (featuring Future and Young Thug).
Voting for those two rap categories will go forward with just four nominees, rather than granting a nomination to the receivers of the sixth-most votes as the Academy did when it suddenly chose to extend the top four categories from eight to ten last month.
If an artist doesn’t want their music considered for a Grammy nomination, their record label simply doesn’t submit it. Removing a nomination so late in the game — after it has been submitted and announced — may be unprecedented.
Drake’s nominations were odd. However, his absence from any of the major categories — Album, Song, or Record of the Year — on even the preliminary ballot issued to voters suggests he did not. And he was nominated for both rap categories.
Some speculated that his decision was influenced by his inclusion in litigation stemming from last month’s Astroworld festival disaster in Houston, where ten people died during headliner Travis Scott’s set, which featured a Drake guest appearance. The fact that Drake will be joining Kanye West for the “Free Larry Hoover” fundraiser event in Los Angeles on Thursday seems implausible.
Drake has a long and tumultuous history with the Grammys. A year ago, he demanded their replacement with “something new that we can build up over time and pass on to future generations,” after the Weeknd went unrecognised in any of the 2021 categories, despite having one of the top albums and songs of 2020.
“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 artist that exist now and the ones that come after,” he wrote in his Instagram Story. “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just won’t change their ways. The other day I said @theweeknd 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 overtime and pass on to the generations to come.”