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Drake withdraws as Grammy Awards nominee

Drake does not want to compete for a Grammy Award, the most important music prize in the United States. The Canadian rapper was nominated in two categories, but has withdrawn without giving reasons.

The 35-year-old artist was nominated for best rap performance(Way 2 Sexy)and best rap album(Certified Lover Boy). Every year, the award organization asks record labels to nominate artists who want to be nominated.

Drake’s question is therefore remarkable: his label has previously signed him up himself.


Drake withdraws as Grammy Awards nominee

Drake and his managers have asked for his name to be removed from the nomination list and that request has been honored, those involved tell The New York Times. The Recording Academy, the organization behind the awards, did not comment.

Drake withdraws as Grammy Awards nominee

Drake was previously critical of Grammys

Drake suggested a year ago that there should be new music awards, when his colleague The Weeknd, according to him, was wrongly not nominated for a Grammy.

“Every year we are shocked that these awards are not in line with what is really popular and has really made an impact on the musical field and we should stop doing that. Maybe we should accept that what was once the highest form of recognition no longer matters to artists.”

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“It’s like having a family member who you expect to learn from their mistakes, but they just don’t change. This is the perfect time for a new organization to build something new, something we can build on with new generations,” the rapper said at the time. Earlier, he also spoke critically in his speech after winning a Grammy.

Not only Drake turns his back on the music awards: other important artists have already preceded him, including The Weeknd and Frank Ocean.


Drake withdraws as Grammy Awards nominee

The Recording Academy has been trying for years to prevent an exodus of great colored artists.

They not only believe that too few awards go to black artists in prestigious categories, but also feel that the organization and its judges fail to recognize and appreciate the cultural weight and complexity of contemporary black music.

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