Drake and other stars who have criticized the Grammys

The rapper has withdrawn his two Grammy nominations for 2022

Stars Insider

07/12/21 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Grammy awards

Major awards shows are typically based upon a few people deciding which of the plethora of creatives are worth validation that year—a premise that leaves a huge amount of room for conflict.

The Grammys specifically have been an increasingly controversial event as artists begin to question the lack of transparency in the nomination process, as well as the discrimination that has become evident in many shapes and forms. Since the choice of winners was left up to the academy, the results didn't necessarily align with public opinion, and even as they have shifted away from small, anonymous review committees, many artists are still skeptical of the awards. 

Drake has made his skepticism clear for a few years now, which is the reason many suspect he has withdrawn his two 2022 Grammy nominations. According to Variety, Drake and his management made the decision to withdraw his nomination for Best Rap Album ('Certified Lover Boy') and Best Rap Performance (for 'Way 2 Sexy'), and though it came late in the game, the Grammys honored the request. 

While Drake's motivation is yet to be confirmed, it's quite an unusual move since Grammy nominations are usually submitted by the artist's record label with the artist's blessing. The nominations, however, were unusual as Drake did not appear in any of the big categories like Album, Song, or Record of the Year, though Variety suspects his absence from those categories on even the preliminary ballot means he didn't submit his work for them. 

While we await an explanation, click through to see where Drake problems with the show started, and see which other musicians have had more than a few choice words for the Grammys.

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