Drake Pulls Out Of The 2022 Grammy Awards

Drake, for whatever reason we are even not interested in knowing, has pulled out from the 2022 Grammy Awards. He bagged two nominations in the recently announced Grammy nominations—but the dude and his management say they aren’t interested anymore.

Variety says that the Recording Academy has granted Drake and his management’s request to pull out of the 2022 Grammy Awards. The motive behind Drake’s withdrawal hasn’t been stated. I’m thinking they’ve done some checks and realized he’s likely to be one of the biggest snubs of the 2022 Grammy Awards—and to avoid that embarrassment, they had to pull out immediately.

Sources tell Variety that the decision was made by Drake and his management and the Grammys honored the request, although his motivation was unclear at the time of this article’s publication. Drake was one of five nominees for Best Rap Album, for “Certified Lover Boy,” and for Best Rap Performance, for his song “Way 2 Sexy” (featuring Future and Young Thug).

Rather than giving a nomination to the recipients of the sixth-most votes, as the Academy did when it suddenly decided to expand the top four categories from eight to 10 last month, the voting for those two rap categories will go forward with just four nominees, presumably because the voting period already has begun; Grammy ballots were posted for voting members on Monday morning.

Grammy nominations must be submitted by a representative, usually the artist’s record label, and if an artist does not want their music considered, the label simply doesn’t submit it. The decision to remove a nomination at this late stage — after it has been submitted and announced, let alone on the day the ballots are posted — may be unprecedented. Drake’s choices of nominations were unusual, however. While it is uncertain whether he chose not to submit the blockbuster “Certified Lover Boy” or any songs from it for the big categories — Album, Song or Record of the Year — his absence from any of those categories seems to suggest that he did not. He clearly did choose to submit — and was nominated — for the two rap categories he has withdrawn.

Some have 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, where 10 people died when the crowd rampaged during headliner Travis Scott’s set, which featured a guest appearance from Drake. However, Drake is scheduled to perform with Kanye West at the “Free Larry Hoover” benefit concert in Los Angeles on Thursday, so that explanation feels unlikely. Drake has had a long and at times contentious relationship with the Grammys. A year ago, he called for them to be replaced with “something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come,” after it failed to recognize his peer and fellow Canadian artist the Weeknd in any of its 2021 categories, despite him having one of the top albums and singles of 2020.

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