Drake withdraws his Grammy nominations for 2022 Grammy Awards

Drake has withdrawn his two 2022 Grammy nominations, a rep for the Recording Academy has confirmed to Variety.

The Recording Academy had no comment, but a page on the Grammys’ official website, listing changes to the nominations, was updated on Monday noting the removal of Drake’s two citations.

The news was first reported by Variety.

Drake has had a complicated issue with with the Grammys since 2017, he declined to submit his “playlist” More Life for awards, despite it qualifying as an album. And in 2020, he wrote on his Instagram “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 artists that exist now and the ones that come after,” he wrote.

Variety previously reported that Drake made the curious decision not to submit a song in Record of the Year or Song of the Year, but did submit Certified Lover Boy in Album of the Year, where he’d previously received nods for Views and Scorpion. And he clearly chose to submit his music in other categories too, given his two nominations, which raises questions about his change of heart.

Last month, Drake was sued after he participated in the closing 15 minutes of Travis Scott’s headline set at the Astroworld festival — well after authorities had declared an emergency.

The 64th Grammy Awards ceremony is due to take place in Los Angeles on January 31.

Source: https://variety.com/2021/music/news/drake-withdraws-2021-grammy-nominations-1235127358/

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