Drake has pulled his songs off the nomination charts for next year’s Grammy awards.
According to Variety, a source close to the Recording Academy recently revealed that the musician made the decision alongside his management.
It added that the organisers of the Grammys have since honoured the request.
As of Tuesday, the organisers of the Grammys have removed Drake’s nominations from the nominee list on its website.
Drake was nominated for ‘Best Rap Album’ with ‘Certified Lover Boy‘ and ‘Way 2 Sexy’, a song featuring Future and Young Thug, also earned him nomination in the ‘Best Rap Performance’ category.
Although the motivation behind the Canadian rapper’s decision remains unclear, his previous bashing of the award organisers and the value it adds to global music is well documented.
In 2019, during his acceptance speech after ‘God’s Plan’ won best rap song, Drake was cut off while speaking because he had begun taking a dig at the award organisers.
“If there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promised you, you already won,” he had said.
Also in 2017, he declined to submit his album ‘More Life’ for the 2018 Grammy awards, even though it qualified.
The Grammys will take place in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022.
Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Made Kuti, and Burna Boy are nominated for the awards.
Wizkid was nominated in the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ category for ‘Essence’, his collaborative song with Tems.
Also nominated in the category is ‘Pa Pa Pa’ by Femi Kuti and ‘Do Yourself’ by Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy.
Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ album and ‘Legacy +’ by Femi and Made Kuti were put up in the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category.
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