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Drake withdraws himself from the 2022 Grammy Awards

The chart-topping rapper, who has received 49 nominations in his career, withdrew his nominations this year

Drake accepts the artist of the decade award at the Billboard Music Awards on May 23, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Drake accepts the artist of the decade award at the Billboard Music Awards on May 23, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Drake wants no part in competing for a Grammy. The four-time Grammy winner and his management asked the Recording Academy to withdraw his two nominations from the final-round ballot, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The person said that Drake’s request was honored by the academy.
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Drake will not compete in the Grammy Awards this year and withdrew his nomination from two big categories — best rap album and best rap performance.

According to Variety, the Grammys honored the request and removed the album “Certified Lover Boy” and the song “Way 2 Sexy” from the list of nominations.

The categories will move forward with the remaining nominees as ballots were posted for voting members on Monday morning, per the report.

The motivation behind the withdrawal is still unclear.

According to The New York Times, this isn’t the first time he has avoided the Grammys. In 2019, Drake and Kendrick Lamar declined to attend or perform at the awards ceremony. When he did appear to accept his award for the best rap song of the year for “God’s Plan,” he alluded to the Grammys’ troublesome history in recognizing hip-hop.

“This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York, or a brother from Houston,” Drake said. “But the point is, you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word — you don’t need this right here,” he added, holding up the Grammy.

As he continued speaking, the awards ceremony cut to commercial. Producers mistook a pause for the end of the speech.

This year, the Recording Academy, the organization behind the awards, made changes to the nomination process for the first time, making room for more nominees in each category.